The Dallas Stars start a three-game road trip in Canada tonight as they face the Oilers at Rexall Place. It is going to be a pretty tough trip for the Stars, as they also face the Calgary Flames and Vancouver Canucks.
With three wins in a row under their belt, the Stars are starting to get rolling, and finding some much needed momentum. Their last win came over the Anaheim Ducks at the American Airlines Center in a clinical performance on Friday night.
Crucial in tonight’s encounter will be Jamie Benn. The Stars centerman was named the NHL’s second star of the week for last week. He is currently riding an impressive three-game points streak against the Oilers.
The Edmonton Oilers have the same amount of points as the Stars with 13. They are coming into the game tonight off of the back of a win over the Columbus Blue Jackets. This is the first game of a crucial five game home stand.
Despite being hurt with injuries, the Oilers have a lot of talent going forward. Sam Gagner leads them in scoring with 13. Jaromir Jagr leads the Stars with just eight. Ales Hemsky, Nial Yakupov and Taylor Hall are also big threats with the puck.
After sitting out of practice yesterday, Glen Gulutzan has said that Michael Ryder will play tonight.
In between the pipes for the Dallas will be Kari Lehtonen. It looks as if Devan Dubnyk will get the start for the Oilers.
The Stars are going in search of their fourth straight win. It should be a good tilt in Edmonton. Puck drops at 8.30pm CT.
Stars lines at morning skate: