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1/7/2012

Edmonton Oilers at Dallas Stars

Saturday January 7

1:00 p.m.

TV: Fox Sports Southwest

Radio: KTCK-1310 (AM)

About the Stars

The Stars (22-16-1) are coming off a 4-1 victory at Nashville Thursday. Mike Ribeiro scored two goals for the Stars, who also got goals from Jamie Benn and Tom Wandell.

“Guys stepped up to the plate,” Benn said. “We got a full effort from every player, and got a big two points. (Ribeiro) was one of our players that stood out and got us going there with two big goals. We need that from him. He’s one of our best players and it’s good to see.”

Kari Lehtonen, who stopped 24 of 25 shots Thursday, will start in goal for the Stars on Saturday.

Injuries: D Sheldon Souray (ankle), D Philip Larsen (concussion-like symptoms) and RW Tomas Vincour (knee) are out.

About the Oilers

The Oilers (16-21-3) are coming off a 4-3 loss at St. Louis on Thursday. The Oilers led 3-1 after two periods but gave up two power play goals early in the third and then St. Louis’ Matt D’Agostini scored the game winner with 11:01 left in the game.

“Tough losses add up," Oilers goaltender Devan Dubnyk said. "That's a game we need to win and we should win.”

The Oilers wrap up a seven-game road trip on Saturday. They are 1-5-0 in the first six games.

Injuries: D Ryan Whitney (ankle) and D Tom Gilbert (knee) are questionable. C Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (shoulder), D Cam Barker (ankle), D Taylor Fedun (leg) and D Alex Plante (concussion) are out.

Series notes

*This is the second of four meetings between the two teams.

*The Stars are 1-0-0 in the season series.

*The Oilers are 0-1-0 in the season series.

*November 21, at Dallas: Stars 4, Oilers 1

*The Stars have not lost a regulation home game against Edmonton since December 8, 2006 and are 9-0-1 their last ten home games against the Oilers.

Statistical tidbits

* The Stars have scored four goals or more in five of the last eight games.

*The Oilers have given up 24 goals (4.0 per game) in the first six games of their road trip.

*The Stars are 8-8 on the penalty kill over the last four games.

*The Oilers are 13-50 (26.0%) on the power play over their last 12 games.

*The Stars are 2-22 (9.1%) on the power play over the last seven games.

*The Oilers have not allowed a power play goal in six of their last eight games and are 24-28 (85.7%) on the penalty kill during that stretch.

*Stars forward Jamie Benn has three straight multi-point games and has 2 goals and 5 assists during that span.

*Oilers forward Sam Gagner has a four-game points streak (2 goals, 3 assists).

Statistical Matchup

Statistical matchup between the Dallas Stars and Edmonton Oilers