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Dallas Stars at Edmonton Oilers
Tuesday February 12
8:30 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: KTCK-1310 (AM)

About the Stars

The Stars (6-5-1) last played Friday, defeating Anaheim, 3-1, at American Airlines Center for their third straight win.

“We’re on a bit of a roll here,” said Stars forward Jamie Benn, who scored a goal in the game. “I thought we played a pretty good team game tonight. We knew they were a good team and we were going to have some tough shifts, and we fought through it and got a big two points.”

Tuesday’s game kicks off a three-game road trip for the Stars, who play at Calgary Wednesday and at Vancouver Friday. The Stars will have played 10 of their first 15 games on the road when the trip concludes.

Kari Lehtonen will start in goal for the Stars Tuesday.

The Stars recalled forward Antoine Roussel from the Texas Stars of the AHL on Monday.

Injuries:  LW Ray Whitney (foot) is out.

About the Oilers                                                     

The Oilers (5-4-3) snapped a five-game winless streak (0-2-3) with a 3-1 victory at Columbus on Sunday. Goaltender Devan Dubnyk stopped 39 of 40 shots in the game.

“I knew on the road, the start is especially key to keep them off the board,” Dubnyk said. “It was a fun game to play. Obviously, a little more work than usual, but that’s how you’ve got to win games sometimes. That’s my job – to stop whatever comes at me.”

The Oilers were 7-7 on the penalty kill in the game.

Tuesday’s game begins a five-game homestand for the Oilers, who are 2-1-2 at home so far this season.

The Oilers placed forward Darcy Hordichuk on waivers Monday.

Injuries: C Shawn Horcoff (hand), D Theo Peckham (conditioning), F Ryan Jones (eye), D Andy Sutton (knee) and C Anton Lander (foot) are out.

Series Notes

*This is the second of three meetings between the two teams.

*The Stars won the first meeting, 3-2 in overtime, in Edmonton Wednesday February 6.

*The Stars have won five straight against the Oilers and 10 of the last 11.

Statistical tidbits

*The Stars have scored three goals in each of their last three games, all victories.

*The Oilers have scored two goals or fewer in six of their last seven games.

*The Oilers have given up 40 shots in three of their last five games.

*The Oilers have been shorthanded 61 times this season, most in the league.

*The Stars have been shorthanded 57 times, tied for fourth most in the league.

*The Stars are 3-8 on the power play over the last two games.

*The Oilers are 29-32 (90.6%) on the penalty kill over the last six games.

*Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen has won his last four starts, posting a 1.95 goals against average and .930 save percentage.

*Stars center Jamie Benn has 6 points (4 goals, 2 assists) over the last 3 games.

*Benn has 14 points (9 goals, 5 assists) in 11 career games against the Oilers.

*Edmonton forward Sam Gagner has registered points in 11 of 12 games this season.

Statistical matchup

Category Stars Oilers
Record 6-5-1 5-4-3
Home 3-1-1 2-1-2
Away 3-4-0 3-3-1
Streak Won 3 Won 1
Goals/game 2.08 (28th) 2.25 (24th)
Goals against/game 2.33 (8th) 2.42 (9th)
Power play 17.1 (18th) 24.1 (5th)
Penalty kill 84.2 (10th) 86.9 (5th)
Shots/game 25.2 (29th) 26.2 (27th)
Shots against/game 32.3 (27th) 34.0 (29th)
Faceoffs 47.4 (26th) 44.7 (29th)
Team Leaders Stars Oilers
Goals Benn, Eriksson, Ryder: 4 Hemsky, Yakupov: 5
Assists: Jagr, Eakin, Roy, Goligoski: 5 Gagner, Hall: 9
Points: Jagr: 8 Gagner: 13
Goaltenders Lehtonen: 6-2-1, 2.30, .928
Bachman: 0-1-0, 1.88, .944
Nilstorp, 0-2-0, 2.70, .918
Dubnyk: 5-3-3, 2.45, .933
Danis: 0-0-0, 0.00, 1.000
Khabibulin: 0-1-0, 2.07, .933

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