Gameday: Edmonton Oilers @ Dallas Stars


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Edmonton Oilers (29-24-4)
@ Dallas Stars (28-21-7)

Thursday, Feb 19, 2009, 7:35 PM CST
American Airlines Center
Television: FS-SW | Radio: WBAP

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Here's how crazy things have become in the West: twelve hours ago, the Dallas Stars were in fifth place, now they're in seventh. If they win tonight then they could hop back up to fifth. If they lose, then chances are they'll be in eighth. There is absolutely no room for error now.

The Dallas Stars will be moving forward now without their second leading scorer Brad RIchards and will be looking to several individuals to fill his skates. Coming off a big win in Columbus on Monday night the Stars must start playing better as a team and not rely so heavily Marty Turco, who has been outstanding over the past month. Dallas is 8-3-0 since January 25th and must continue to play at that level for the rest of the season to maintain hope of grabbing a playoff spot.

The Edmonton Oilers are 3-1-0 over their last four games and are coming off a 4-2 loss Tuesday night in San Jose. Even more importantly, the Oilers sit one point back of the Stars in the standings and a loss would drop them out of the top eight. This season the Stars are 1-2-0 against the Oilers and have been outscord 12-7 in those three games.

This should be yet another playoff-atmosphere type game where there is little room for error on each side. The Stars need to set the tempo in this game and not fall back on the play of Turco. You can't expect to win every game if you are outshot and outhit by your opponent every game.

Key Injuries:


Dallas Stars Injuries

Probable

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Steve Ott other-excused 02/18/2009

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Sergei Zubov hip 11/29/2008
Brenden Morrow knee 11/21/2008
Landon Wilson ribs 01/03/2009
Brad Richards wrist 02/17/2009


Edmonton Oilers Injuries

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Fernando Pisani ankle 11/18/2008
Lubomir Visnovsky shoulder 02/04/2009


Stats Comparison, via NHL.com:

2008-2009 Team Stats
62 Points: 63
29 Wins: 28
1 Shutouts: 2
18 Power Play Rank: 21
28 Penalty Kill Rank: 22
.842 Win % When Leading After 1: .882
.944 Win % When Leading After 2: .875
.222 Win % When Trailing After 1: .333
.087 Win % When Trailing After 2: .053


Around the West:

 

Los Angeles continues their hot streak, beats Anaheim 4-3

Detroit upends Nashville, 6-2

Columbus rebounds against St. Louis, wins 4-3

 

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