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by Mark Stepneski / Dallas Stars

Friday, December 4

8:00 p.m.

TV: Fox Sports Southwest Plus

Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

The Stars (20-5-1) won 4-2 at Vancouver Thursday night. Valeri Nichushkin registered one goal and one assist, and Patrick Sharp scored the game-winning goal with 5:59 remaining in the third period. The Stars, who were coming off a shootout loss in Calgary on Tuesday, haven’t lost consecutive games this season.

“Our response to losing this season has been great,” said Stars coach Lindy Ruff. “This team has shown a lot of character and a lot of bounce back from some poor periods and some poor games.”

The Stars became the first NHL team to win 20 games this season, and they won their league-leading 11th road game (11-2-1).

Defenseman Jason Demers missed Thursday’s game with an upper-body injury. He is listed as day to day.

Friday’s game wraps up a four-game road trip for the Stars, who are 2-0-1 in the first three games.

Injuries: Jason Demers (upper body) is day to day.

The Oilers (9-15-2) won for the second time in three games, defeating the Boston Bruins in a shootout Wednesday at Rexall Place. Anders Nilsson stopped 38 shots, and Jordan Eberle scored the only goal of the shootout for the Oilers.

“I liked our team effort tonight,” said Eberle. “We found a way to get the two points, good teams do. It’s one game. We’ve got to move forward from this. We’ve got to start stringing some games together.”

The Oilers have not won consecutive games since a three-game winning streak from Oct. 17-21.

Friday’s game is the second of a five-game homestand for the Oilers.

Injuries: F Benoit Pouliot (lower body) and D Brandon Davidson (undisclosed) are day to day. F Connor McDavid (collarbone), F Rob Klinkhammer (leg), F Nail Yakupov (ankle) are on injured reserve.

*This is the second of three meetings between the Stars and Oilers this season.

*The Stars won the first meeting, 4-2, in Dallas on Oct. 13.

*The Stars are 8-2-1 in their past 11 games in Edmonton.

*This is the Stars’ third set of back-to-back games. They are 2-0-0 in the second game of back-to-backs this season.

*The Stars are 7-0-1 in their past eight road games and 11-2-1 away from home this season.

*The Oilers are 4-2-1 in their past seven home games and 5-5-1 at home for the season.

*The Stars are 6-0-1 vs. the Pacific Division.

*The Oilers are 0-6-1 vs. the Central Division.

*The Stars lead the NHL in goal scoring at 3.50 per game.

*The Oilers rank 20th in goal scoring at 2.42 per game.

*The Stars rank 14th in goals against at 2.58 per game.

*The Oilers rank 28th in goals against at 3.04 per game.

*The Stars are 3-22 (13.6 percent) on the power play over the past eight games.

*The Stars are 27-30 (90.0 percent) on the penalty kill over the past ten games.

*Stars forwards Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin are tied for second in the league in scoring with 35 points each.

*Taylor Hall leads the Oilers in scoring with 25 points.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Hockey League or Dallas Stars Hockey Club. Mark Stepneski is an independent writer whose posts on reflect his own opinions and do not represent official statements from the Dallas Stars. You can follow Mark on Twitter @StarsInsideEdge.

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