NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Sunday, December 1st
(All times Eastern)
Edmonton Oilers (8-17-2) at Dallas Stars (12-9-3), 6 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - Looking to break out of a mini slump, the Dallas Stars
try to extend their recent domination of the Edmonton Oilers as the two clubs
do battle on Sunday evening.
The Stars have lost three of their past four games, scoring just four goals in
the thre e setbacks. They did pick up a big 6-3 win over Anaheim on Tuesday,
but then dropped a disappointing 2-1 shootout decision to the Chicago
Blackhawks on Friday.
Rich Peverley scored in the first period and helped extend the shootout by
following Patrick Sharp's second-round tally with one of his own. The next 16
shooters then came up empty before Chicago's Ben Smith wristed a shot over the
glove of Kari Lehtonen in the 11th round.
Lehtonen made 25 saves through overtime, while Shawn Horcoff assisted on
Peverley's regulation tally.
"When you lose one like that it hurts. But to know you got a point and played
them as tough as you did, you can take something away from that," said Stars
coach Lindy Ruff.
The loss wasn't the only thing that hurt Dallas as defenseman Stephane Robidas
suffered a broken leg in the game and is expected to miss 4-to-6 months after
undergoing surgery on Saturday. The steady 36-year-old had four goals and one
assist in 24 games with a plus-7 rating.
Dallas recalled defenseman Jamie Oleksiak from the American Hockey League as
an option to replace Robidas in the lineup. Ruff could also use Kevin
Connauton, while veteran Aaron Rome is close to making his season debut after
Minus Robidas, the Stars will try to beat the Oilers for the second time this
season, having notched a 3-0 victory in Edmonton on Nov. 13. Lehtonen made 22
saves in his first career shutout over the Oilers, improving to 10-3-0 with a
2.08 goals against average in 13 career meetings.
Peverley scored in the second period to break a scoreless game and both Tyler
Seguin and Antoine Roussel had empty-net goals.
The Stars beat the Oilers for the seventh time in the previous eight meetings,
with Edmonton's lone win in that span coming on Feb. 28 in Dallas to snap a
five-game series road losing streak.
Dallas has won 12 of the previous 14 meetings overall and 11 of the last 14
played at home.
The Oilers are trying to get on a bit of a roll, having won four of five
before a 4-2 setback to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday. Sam Gagner and
David Perron both scored late one night after Edmonton notched a 3-0 win over
the hosting Nashville Predators.
Ilya Bryzgalov made 33 saves to record the shutout over the Predators, but let
up four goals on 23 shots against the Blue Jackets before being removed in
favor of Devan Dubnyk to begin the third period. Dubnyk stopped all five shots
he faced in relief.
"We weren't ready to go out of the gate," said Oilers head coach Dallas
Eakins. "We just seemed to be a second late all night."
Though Taylor Hall had a seven-game point streak halted in defeat, Ryan
Nugent-Hopkins extended his run to five straight games, having totaled a goal
and seven assists over his point streak.
Jordan Eberle added an assist to give him five goals and eight points over his
last six games.
Dubnyk is just 1-5-1 with a 3.15 GAA in his career when facing the Stars, but
gave up only one goal on 24 shots faced in the earlier loss.
Bryzgalov is 13-8-2 with a 2.27 GAA in his career versus the Stars.
12/01 10:27:37 ET