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by Mark Stepneski / Dallas Stars

Dallas Stars at Edmonton Oilers


Friday March 27, 2015
8:30 p.m.
TV: TXA-21
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

About the Stars

The Stars (36-28-10) made it four straight wins with a 4-3 shootout victory at Calgary Wednesday night. The Stars lost 2-0 and 3-2 leads in the game, but Tyler Seguin scored the only goal of the shootout and Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen turned away all three shootout attempts by Calgary.

"We were saying right before overtime, 'We're here for two points; we're not here for one,'” Seguin said. “It was a playoff-type game. They had momentum at times. We had momentum. I think both teams made some mistakes, and both teams made some great plays. Obviously we're happy to walk away with both points.”

The win was the seventh in the past eight games (7-1-0) for the Stars and the ninth in the past eleven (9-2-0). The win pulled them to within six points of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference with eight games remaining. But they’ll head into Friday’s game eight points out of the second wild-card spot after Winnipeg defeated Montreal Thursday night.

Friday’s game is the second of a three-game road trip for the Stars.

Injuries: D Trevor Daley (lower body) is day to day. RW Valeri Nichushkin (hip) is out.

About the Oilers

The Oilers (21-40-13) are coming off a 4-3 win over Colorado in Edmonton Wednesday. The Oilers blew a 3-0 lead in the game, but Derek Roy’s power play goal midway through the third period snapped a 3-3 tie and propelled Edmonton to victory.

“Starting the game like that, we knew they were going to have a push in the second period,” said Roy. “They’re a desperate hockey team. We didn’t come out in the second like we wanted to. They had a few scoring chances, a couple of posts, and we made good on our chances on the power play. Credit to [goaltender Ben] Scrivens, he made some great saves down the stretch.”

The Oilers have points in five of their last six games (3-1-2) and are 3-1-1 on their current homestand, which concludes with Friday’s game against the Stars.

Edmonton recalled defenseman Brandon Davidson on an emergency basis from Oklahoma City of the AHL on Thursday.

Injuries: LW Matt Hendricks (back) is questionable. RW Tyler Pitlick (spleen), G Viktor Fasth (knee), RW Iiro Pakarinen (knee), D, Mark Fayne (shoulder), D Andrew Ference (upper body) and C Boyd Gordon (back) are out.

Series Notes

*This is the third and final meeting this season between the Stars and Oilers.

*The Stars are 2-0-0 (4 points) in the season series.

*The Oilers are 0-1-1 (1 point) in the series.

*Nov. 25, at Dallas: Stars 3, Oilers 2

*Dec. 21, at Edmonton: Stars 6, Oilers 5 (SO)

*The Stars have won six straight games in Edmonton.

Statistical tidbits

*Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen has won nine straight decisions on the road.

*In his past eight games overall, Lehtonen is 7-1-0 with a 1.86 goals-against average and .929 save percentage.

*The Oilers have scored four or more goals in five of their past seven games.

*The Stars have scored four or more goals in five of their past nine games.

*The Stars are 9-35 (25.7 percent) on the power play over the past nine games.

*The Oilers are 12-38 (31.6 percent) on the power play over the past nine games.

*The Oilers have allowed a power-play goal in eight of their past nine games and are 23-34 (67.7%) on the penalty kill during that stretch.

*Through Wednesday, Stars captain Jamie Benn led all NHL players in scoring since the All-Star break with 31 points (14 goals, 17 assists) in 31 games.

*Through Wednesday, Oilers forward Jordan Eberle was tied for second in scoring since the All-Star break with 30 points (nine goals, 21 assists) in 30 games.

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