Jan 7, 2012; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Stars left wing Brenden Morrow (10) screens Edmonton Oilers goalie Nikolai Khabibulin (35) as defenseman Andy Sutton (25) defends during their game at the American Airlines Center. The Stars defeated the Oilers 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Game Preview: Edmonton Oilers @ Dallas Stars

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Tonight the Dallas Stars return home after a brief two-game road trip. They welcome the 7-7-4 Edmonton Oilers to town. These two teams have already met this season, with the Stars winning easily 4-1.

Dallas picked up three out of a possible four points on their recent road trip, with an OT loss to the Nashville Predators and an OT win over the Columbus Blue Jackets. Plenty of offense was produced, but the number of goals conceded was very alarming.

The Stars are given a huge boost tonight, as Kari Lehtonen has been take off of IR and should get the start in goal.

Feb 1, 2013; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen (32) faces the Phoenix Coyotes attack during the game at the American Airlines Center. The Stars defeat the Coyotes in the overtime shootout 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Christian Nilstorp has been sent back to the AHL, whilst Richard Bachman retains his place in the team.

With the surprise trade of Erik Cole and Michael Ryder all done and dusted, Cole is set to put on the green and gold Jersey for the first time and make his debut tonight. Cole and Ryder are similar players in terms of point production, but Cole offers more physicality, which GM Joe was looking for.

The Oilers also receive a big boost as they welcome Taylor Hall back into their line-up. Hall was suspended for two games after an incident in the game against Minneosta. Before his suspension, he recorded 16 points in as many games. He is a big player for this young Oiler outfit.

Devan Dubnyk will start in goal for the Oilers. He hasn’t started a game for a week, so we will be seeing two goalies trying to find their feet again.

It is a big game for the Stars tonight as they look to keep pushing up the Western Conference. Edmonton will be eager to get their season heading in the right direction. Puck drop is at 7.30pm CT at the American Airlines Center.

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Tags: Devan Dubnyk Edmonton Oilers Erik Cole Kari Lehtonen

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