NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Tuesday, January 20th
(All times eastern)
Dallas Stars (21-19-8-0) at Edmonton Oilers (18-20-8-1), 9 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Dallas Stars complete a five-game road trip this
evening when they battle the Edmonton Oilers at Rexall Place.
It is the first meeting between these teams since the first round of last
year's Western Conference playoffs. Dallas won that series in six games before
losing in the conference semifinals to Anaheim.
The Stars are 3-1 so far on their trip, including consecutive wins over
Calgary and Vancouver. The impressive swing has moved Dallas into eighth place
in the conference -- one point ahead of the Los Angeles Kings.
Dallas is coming off a victory over the Canucks on Monday. Marty Turco made 10
saves in the third period to lead the Stars to a 3-2 decision. Turco turned
aside 23 shots in the game for Dallas, which has won two straight and four of
its last six games overall.
The Stars received goals from Pierre Turgeon, Bill Guerin and David Oliver and
two assists from Richard Matvichuk. Guerin has been hot lately, posting three
goals and one assist in his last four contests.
Dallas begins a home-and-home series with St. Louis on Friday evening.
The Oilers, meanwhile, played to a 4-4 tie with the Columbus Blue Jackets at
Nationwide Arena on Sunday night.
Ty Conklin stopped 34 shots for Edmonton, while Mike York, Ethan Moreau, Brad
Isbister and Eric Brewer tallied goals. The tie pushed the Oilers' record to
2-1-1 in their last four contests.
The Oilers trailed 3-1 early in the second period, but Moreau and Isbister
scored just 15 seconds apart later in the stanza to even the score. Columbus
would regain the lead on Rick Nash's goal one minute into the third period,
but Brewer tied the game for good at 5:45.
Edmonton has 45 points and is in last place in the Northwest Division,
However, the Oilers trail fourth-place Minnesota by just one point.
Sunday's game completed a brief two-game road trip for the Oilers. Edmonton
now returns home for a three-game set, which continues Thursday night against
Dallas is 6-2-1 in the last nine meetings with the Oilers, but has dropped two
of its last three in Edmonton.
01/20 10:37:16 ET