Thursday, January 21
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM
The Stars (29-13-5) lost their fourth straight game (0-3-1) and their eighth straight on the road (0-5-3), falling 3-2 at Los Angeles Tuesday. Milan Lucic scored with 13:43 left in the third period to snap a 2-2 tie, and the Stars couldn’t cash in on quality chances late in the game to tie.
“We just didn’t finish. We had some good opportunities,” said Stars coach Lindy Ruff. “If you play that hard – and that was a hard game – you’ll win your share.”
The Stars are 1-5-2 over the past eight games overall and have scored two goals or fewer in six of those games.
“I think the biggest thing is our big boys haven't been converting,” Ruff said. “It's tough on the rest of the lineup when they're not on the scoresheet. When they're on the scoresheet, we're going to win games. They're having a little bit of a tough time right now.”
The Stars now play three straight at home before the All-Star break, taking on Edmonton, Colorado and Calgary.
“They are huge games,” Stars defenseman Alex Goligoski said. “Get some ground back and throw some points back up on the board. We’ve been good at home lately. We’ve got to go home and get the job done.”
Injuries: Jordie Benn (lower body) is on injured reserve.
The Oilers (19-24-5) lost 6-4 at Tampa Bay Tuesday. The Oilers rallied from a 4-2 deficit early in the third period to tie the game, but Brian Boyle’s shorthanded goal at the 7:42 mark snapped the tie and ended Edmonton’s winning streak at two games.
“We found ourselves making mistakes at the wrong point of the game,” Oilers forward Matt Hendricks told the team’s official site. “We gave them opportunities when we had battled back. We’d get back in the game and then a mistake would cost us another one. It just seemed to be like that all night. We didn’t seem to have the best legs tonight. I don’t think we had quite the jump that our club usually has.”
The Oilers are 2-1-2 in their past five games but have just five wins in their past 17 games (5-9-3).
Thursday’s game wraps up a three-game road trip for the Oilers.
Injuries: F Lauri Korpikoski (foot) is day to day. F Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (hand), D Oscar Klefbom (lower body), F Connor McDavid (clavicle) and D Andrew Ference (undisclosed) are on injured reserve.
*This is the third and final meeting of the season between the Stars and Oilers.
*The Stars are 1-0-1 in the season series.
*The Oilers are 1-1-0 in the season series.
*Oct. 13, at Dallas: Stars 4, Oilers 2
*Dec. 1, at Edmonton: Oilers 2, Stars 1 (OT)
*The Stars are 12-1-2 in their past 15 games against Edmonton at American Airlines Center.
*The Stars are 9-2-0 in their past 11 games at home and have outscored their opposition 37-18.
*The Oilers are 2-6-3 in their past 11 road games and have been outscored 38-22.
*The Stars are 6-3-3 vs. the Pacific Division.
*The Oilers are 2-8-1 vs. the Central Division.
*The Stars rank second in the league in goal scoring (3.28 per game) but have scored two goals or fewer in six of their past eight games.
*The Stars are 3-26 (11.5 percent) on the power play in the past ten games.
*The Oilers have not allowed a power-play goal in eight of their past nine games and are 23-26 (88.5 percent) on the penalty kill during that stretch.
*The Stars are 3-7 (42.9 percent) on the penalty kill in the past three games.
*Jamie Benn leads the Stars in goals (26) and points (56).
*Taylor Hall leads the Oilers in goals (18) and points (46).
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 DallasStars.com reflect his own opinions and do not represent official statements from the Dallas Stars. You can follow Mark on Twitter @StarsInsideEdge.