Dallas Stars (6-5-1, 13 pts) @ Edmonton Oilers (5-4-3, 13 pts)
8:30 PM CT
Rexall Place, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Goals – 24th, Goals Against – 9th, Power Play – 5th, Penalty Kill – 5th
Edmonton has been stuck in a rut since the calendar turned to February. The Oilers have lost five of the last six games (three in OT or SO) as injuries have piled up.
Their core of centers has been decimated the past few weeks and their offense has sputtered as a result. In each of their losses, the Oilers scored two or fewer goals and it wasn’t until they met the Columbus Blue Jackets this past Sunday that they finally got back in the win column. Even then, they didn’t score their second goal of the game until there were three minutes left.
There are a few players though that have been playing well on offense.
Sam Gagner is still the leading scorer for the team and had a goal and an assist against the Blue Jackets. He’s had at least one point in 11 of the 12 games this season. Ales Hemsky is also on a bit of a hot streak with goals in three of the past four games and at least one point in four of the last five.
While Nikolai Khabibulin is back, I expect Devan Dubnyk to start this game. He’s done well this season and was the main reason while the Oilers beat the Blue Jackets. He stopped 39 of 40 shots and carried Edmonton to a win despite being outshot 40-14.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins missed the last game against the Stars but he’ll be back tonight. The Oilers will still be without Shawn Horcoff (broken hand), Anton Lander (broken foot), and Ryan Jones (eye).
It also looks like Mark Fistric will play in this game for the Oilers so that’ll be interesting.
Possible line combos:
Hall – RNH – Eberle
Hemsky – Gagner – Yakupov
Hartikainen – Belanger – Smyth
Paajarvi – Petrell – Hordichuk
J. Schultz – Petry
Smid – N. Schultz
Whitney – Fistric