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Friday, January 22nd
(All times eastern)
Dallas Stars (21-18-11) at Edmonton Oilers (16-27-6), 9 p.m.
(Sports Network) - Undisciplined play kept the Oilers on their longest losing
streak in nearly three years, but a visit from Dallas could be just what
The Oilers will try to end a nine-game losing streak and pick up a third win
over the road-challenged Stars this evening at Rexall Place.
Edmonton seemed in good position to end its epic slide on Wednesday versus
Vancouver until it gave the Canucks some life late in the game. Nursing a one-
goal lead, the Oilers allowed the Canucks to net the tying goal with 4:06 left
in the third period and then the game-winner 1:39 into overtime -- both on the
power play -- to take a 3-2 loss and remain on their longest skid since a 12-
game slide from February 25-March 21, 2007.
Sam Gagner and Sheldon Souray had the goals for the Oilers, who were in line
to get their first victory since December 30. Devan Dubnyk made 26 stops as
Edmonton also fell to its 16th loss in its last 17 games.
"It was unfortunate we didn't get a better result because we worked hard
tonight and we did a lot of good things," Souray said.
Edmonton has been outscored 34-16 over its slide and earned a point for just
the second time in seven games. It's 38 points on the season is the fewest in
the Western Conference.
The Oilers also lost the opener of a four-game homestand and are 9-13-4 as the
host this year thanks to five straight losses at home as well as 12 defeats in
their last 13 at Rexall Place.
Things didn't seem so bleak for Edmonton the last time it faced Dallas. The
Oilers notched a 3-2 road win, their second shootout victory in as many
meetings with the Stars this year. That victory was part of a season-high
five-game win streak for Edmonton that ran from December 3-11 before its
current 1-14-2 stretch.
The Oilers have won four of their last five over the Stars and three straight
as the host in the series.
Dallas, tied for 10th in the West, continues a three-game road trip tonight,
but is just a dismal 7-13-6 as the guest this year. Looking to win three
straight games for the first time this season, the Stars instead suffered
their 10th loss in a row on the road with last night's 4-3 setback in
Loui Eriksson scored in a third straight game, Toby Petersen added a short-
handed tally and Trevor Daley scored with three seconds left for the Stars,
who haven't won on the road since December 11 at San Jose.
Making his third straight start over Marty Turco, Alex Auld stopped 19-of-23
shots against in defeat.
"He played a really solid game," Stars defenseman Stephane Robidas said of
Auld. "We have to be there to back him up."
Brenden Morrow missed a second straight game because of an upper-body injury,
while Tom Wandell left last night's contest in the third period with a lower-
body ailment that has him day-to-day.
Steve Staios (head/flu-like symptoms) and Ladislav Smid (undisclosed) are
unlikely to play tonight for the Oilers, while Gilbert Brule remains
questionable due to flu-like symptoms.
01/22 10:37:55 ET