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Saturday, December 5th (All times eastern)

Edmonton Oilers (11-13-4) at Dallas Stars (13-8-7), 2 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Edmonton Oilers will be shooting for their first winning streak in more than six weeks when the injury-plagued club pays a visit to the American Airlines Center for an afternoon tilt with the Dallas Stars.

Edmonton entered Thursday's matchup at Detroit mired in a three-game slide and had lost five consecutive road outings before putting together a surprisingly easy win over the struggling Red Wings. Patrick O'Sullivan netted a pair of goals and Jeff Deslauriers stopped 27-of-28 shots in the Oilers' 4-1 decision, just the club's third victory in 13 games (3-8-2) as the visitor this season.

The Oilers jumped out to a 2-0 advantage on first-period goals by Lubomir Visnovsky and Robert Nilsson, and Deslauriers made the lead stand while rebounding strongly from a forgettable showing in last Saturday's 7-3 defeat at Vancouver in which the young goaltender let up four goals on only 11 shots before being removed less than nine minutes into the game.

"We played a full 60 minutes tonight for the first time in a long time," O'Sullivan told the Oilers' official site. "That's what we have to do if we want to win games."

The battered Oilers have not won back-to-back contests since a three-game winning streak from October 16-22. Edmonton has gone just 5-11-3 since that surge.

Deslauriers has been serving as Edmonton's No. 1 backstop with veteran Nikolai Khabibulin sidelined indefinitely with a sore back that has kept him out of action since November 16. Nilsson played for the first time since suffering a concussion in a November 8 win at Colorado.

Dallas was dealt a 4-1 loss by the Red Wings in Detroit on Monday, but bounced back well with Thursday's 3-1 triumph over Anaheim at the American Airlines Center. The Stars scored all three of their goals in the third period.

James Neal and Steve Ott scored 71 seconds apart in the final frame to give Dallas a 2-1 lead, and Brenden Morrow added an empty-netter with 43 seconds left to extend his personal goal-scoring streak to five games. The Stars captain has notched a point in six straight tests, recording five goals and an assist over that stretch.

Goaltender Marty Turco gave up a goal to the Ducks' Saku Koivu 1:28 into the game, but kept Anaheim off the scoreboard the rest of the way and finished with 26 saves.

"I thought that Marty was the difference tonight," Stars head coach Marc Crawford said. "[The Ducks] got a lot of quality chances, and he was equal to that task tonight."

The win was the fourth in the past five home games for Dallas, which sports a 7-3-4 mark as the host this year. The Stars have also beaten Edmonton five straight times at the American Airlines Center, and the Oilers are a poor 3-21 with a tie over their last 25 trips to Dallas.

Edmonton did post a 5-4 shootout win over the Stars in Alberta on October 6, however, despite two goals and an assist from Morrow.

12/05 10:28:05 ET


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