NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Sunday, February 29th
(All times eastern)
Edmonton Oilers (26-27-10-1) at Dallas Stars (31-22-11-0), 3 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The red hot Dallas Stars will attempt to extend their
unbeaten streak to six games today, when they host the Edmonton Oilers at
Dallas is 4-0-1 in its last five games to increase its point total to 73. The
Stars are tied with Nashville for the fifth spot in the Western Conference
playoff race, while trailing Pacific-leading San Jose by six points.
The Stars registered a 3-1 win over the Minnesota Wild at American Airlines
Center Friday night. Stu Barnes and Bill Guerin scored third period goals to
provide the difference in the win.
Philippe Boucher also scored for the Stars, who have three separate 3-1
victories over Minnesota in three games this season. The teams will meet again
on April 2 in Minnesota.
Stars center Mike Modano returned to the lineup after sitting out the final
two periods of Wednesday night's game against the Los Angeles Kings due to a
Dallas right winger Scott Young did not play due to back spasms. Young was
placed on injured reserve retroactive to Feb. 25 Saturday, opening the door
for the return of Shayne Corson. Corson hasn't played since leaving Toronto
in the middle of its first-round playoff series last April.
Corson came out of retirement several weeks back. In 17 NHL seasons, he has
268 goals and 415 assists in 1,139 career games. He also has played in 135
playoff games, scoring 38 goals and dishing out 48 assists.
Marty Turco made 18 saves for the win. Turco improved to 29-19-11 between the
pipes on the year.
The Stars are unbeaten (7-0-3) in their last 10 home tilts. On the season,
Dallas has posted a 19-6-7-0 mark at home.
Edmonton, which resides 10th in the Western Conference with 63 points, is
1-1-1 in its last three contests. The Oilers picked up an impressive 7-2 win
over the Phoenix Coyotes on Friday night.
Ethan Moreau scored two goals and assisted on another in the win. Shawn
Horcoff, Fernando Pisani, Marc-Andre Bergeron, Adam Oates and Ryan Smyth each
scored a marker and added a helper in the game. Ales Hemsky had a pair of
assists for Edmonton in the contest.
Moreau posted his sixth career two-goal contest and his first since Nov. 9,
2002, at New Jersey. The left winger has posted more goals against the Coyotes
-- 12 in 32 games -- than against any other team.
The Oilers improved to 6-3-2 in their last 11 contests.
Tommy Salo faced 32 shots and stopped 30 of them in the win. Salo is 15-17-6
between the pipes this season.
Edmonton tallied season highs in goals (seven) and margin (five).
The Oilers are just 2-6-2 in their last 10 road contests. For the season,
Edmonton is 10-15-6-1 in foreign buildings.
Edmonton has won two straight meetings in this series, including a 3-0 win at
Rexall Place on January 20. However, the Oilers are winless (0-14-1) in their
last 15 trips to Dallas.
02/29 10:16:16 ET