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Wednesday, March 24th (All times eastern)

Dallas Stars (39-24-13-0) at Edmonton Oilers (33-27-12-4), 10 p.m.

(Sports Network) - A pair of streaking teams meet tonight, as the Edmonton Oilers welcome the Dallas Stars to Rexall Place.

The Oilers have won five straight contests and played themselves right into the playoff race. Their latest victory came on Monday night at the Staples Center in crucial Western Conference matchup against the Kings.

Ryan Smyth scored late in the third period to snap a tie and lift Edmonton to a 2-1 win over Los Angeles.

The Oilers, coming off a 5-2 win at San Jose on Sunday night, moved into a tie with Nashville for the seventh and eighth playoff spots in the West with 82 points.

St. Louis is ninth, one point behind, while the Kings are now three points off the pace.

Fernando Pisani also scored for Edmonton and Ty Conklin made 25 saves. The Oilers have now recorded at least one point in 13 straight games (8-0-2-3).

Edmonton opens a three-game homestand tonight and continues it against Los Angeles on Friday.

The Stars are coming off a big win in Calgary on Monday evening. Marty Turco made 29 saves for his ninth shutout of the season, leading Dallas to a 4-0 victory over the Flames in a critical conference matchup.

Dallas swept the four-game season series and is 5-1-3 in the last nine meetings with Calgary.

Shayne Corson, Brenden Morrow and Jason Arnott scored in the opening period for the Stars, who won their third straight game and improved to 4-0-1 in their last five. Dallas has allowed just four goals during that span and has posted three shutouts -- two by Turco.

The Stars now have 91 points and trail San Jose by three points for first place in the Pacific Division. Dallas also moved into sole possession of fourth in the Western Conference playoff chase -- two points ahead of Vancouver and five in front of Calgary.

Dallas, 3-4-1 in its last eight road games, plays the third test of a four- game trip Saturday in Vancouver.

The Stars have won four of the last six meetings with the Oilers. Dallas has dropped two straight and three of its previous four trips to Edmonton.

03/24 10:14:49 ET


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