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Dallas Stars at Edmonton Oilers
Wednesday February 6
9:00 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest Plus
Radio: KTCK-1310 (AM)

About the Stars

The Stars (4-5-1) defeated Colorado, 3-2, in Denver Monday night. Jamie Benn, who had just one assist in four games coming into Monday, had a hand in all three Dallas goals, scoring two and assisting on the other.

“I think we had a little bit of everything on every line,” Benn said. “We can roll four and keep attacking and play a simple game. I felt pretty good. Our line controlled the play a bit more and held onto the puck.”

The victory snapped a three-game road losing streak for the Stars.

Stars coach Glen Gulutzan indicated he could roll with the same lineup he used in Monday’s game.

Kari Lehtonen, who stopped 29 of 31 shots on Monday, will start in goal Wednesday.

Injuries:  LW Ray Whitney (foot) is out.

About the Oilers

The Oilers (4-3-2) are coming off a 3-2 overtime loss to Vancouver in Edmonton Monday night. The Oilers, who are winless in their last three (0-1-2), squandered a 2-0 lead in the game.  Kevin Bieksa tied the game with 2:17 left in regulation and Chris Tanev won it with 19.3 seconds left in OT.

“Playing with a lead in the third period is foreign to us right now,” Oilers forward Taylor Hall said. “When our goalie is playing like he is, we should be able to win that game. That last goal at the end, we missed our coverage, we missed our guys, and when you give any player a Grade A scoring chance like that, it has a good chance of going in.”

The Oilers lost forward Shawn Horcoff and defenseman Mark Fistric to injuries during the game. Those two join a long list of injured Oilers. The team recalled forward Mark Arcobello from Oklahoma City of the AHL on Tuesday.

Goaltender Devan Dubnyk has started all nine Edmonton games this season.

Injuries: D Mark Fistric (back), D Theo Peckham (hip) and F Ben Eager (concussion) are day-to-day. D Andy Sutton (knee), F Shawn Horcoff (hand), F Ryan Jones (eye) and F Eric Belanger (foot) are out.

Series Notes

*This is the first of three meetings between the Stars and Oilers.

*The Stars were 4-0-0 against the Oilers last season, taking all four games in regulation.

*The Stars have won nine of the last ten games against Edmonton and are 15-3-2 in their last 20 against the Oilers.

Statistical tidbits

*The Stars are looking for their first two-game winning streak of the season.

*Twelve of Edmonton’s 21 goals this season have come on the power play, including one empty-net power play goal.

*The Oilers are 8-24 (33.3%) on the power play at home this season.

*The Stars are 29-32 (90.6%) on the penalty kill in road games this season.

*The Stars are 0-13 on the power play over the last four games.

*The Oilers are 15-15 on the penalty kill over the last three games.

*The Oilers have been outscored 16-8 in five-on-five play this season.

*The Stars have been outscored 15-14 in five-on-five play this season.

*Oilers forward Sam Gagner has picked up at least one point in all nine games this season (3 goals, 7 assists).

*Stars forward Jamie Benn has 12 points (8 goals, 4 assists) in 10 career games against Edmonton. His 1.2 points-per-game average is his highest mark against any team in the Western Conference.

*Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen is 7-2-0 in his career against Edmonton with a 2.12 goals against average and .927 save percentage.

*Oilers goalie Devan Dubnyk is 0-3-0 against the Stars with a 4.38 goals against average and .859 save percentage.

Statistical matchup

Category Stars Oilers
Record 4-5-1 4-3-2
Home 2-1-1 2-1-1
Away 2-4-0 2-2-1
Streak Won 1 Winless 3 (0-1-2)
Goals/game 1.90 (28th) 2.33 (22nd)
Goals against/game 2.50 (11th) 2.56 (13th)
Power play 12.1 (25th) 28.6 (4th)
Penalty kill 84.0 (9th) 88.6 (5th)
Shots/game 24.6 (29th) 27.4 (24th)
Shots against/game 33.8 (28th) 34.4 (30th)
Faceoffs 46.4 (27th) 45.3 (29th)
Team Leaders Stars Oilers
Goals Ryder: 4 Yakupov: 5
Assists: Eakin: 5 Gagner, Hall: 7
Points: Jagr, Whitney: 6 Gagner: 10
Goaltenders Lehtonen: 4-2-1, 2.54, .925
Bachman: 0-1-0, 1.88, .944
Nilstorp, 0-2-0, 2.70, .918
Dubnyk: 4-3-2, 2.56, .925
Danis: 0-0-0, 0.00, 1.000

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