Stars-Oilers preview

March, 27, 2012
3/27/12
11:50
PM CT

Dallas Stars at Edmonton Oilers
Wednesday, March 28
8:30 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Radio: KTCK-1310 (AM)

About the Stars

The Stars (41-30-5) are coming off a 5-4 loss in Calgary on Monday. They gave up four second-period goals, including two power-play goals late in the period. For the game, the Stars gave up three power-play goals on six short-handed situations.

“We got into penalty trouble and their power play beat us tonight,” Stars defenseman Sheldon Souray said. “We weren’t as disciplined as we have been. We talked about that and we just got a little bit away from that. We just let them get on the power play way too much tonight.”

The Stars, who have lost four of their last six games, enter Wednesday’s game in seventh place in the Western Conference. They are one point out of the Pacific Division lead and the third seed in the West, and one point ahead of ninth-place Los Angeles.

“We’re going to refocus and get back at it,” Stars coach Glen Gulutzan said. “We have six games left and we are in a playoff spot.”

Forward Reilly Smith’s immigration paperwork has been wrapped up and he’s available to play, but it’s not clear when he’ll make his NHL debut.

Injuries: LW Eric Nystrom (leg) and RW Radek Dvorak (ankle) are day-to-day. D Mark Fistric (abdominal strain) is out.

About the Oilers

The Oilers (31-36-9) last played Sunday, winning 6-3 at Columbus. It was the second straight win for the Oilers, who extended their points streak to seven games (5-0-2). The Oilers went 3-0-1 on a road trip that also included stops in Nashville, Tampa Bay and Florida.

"We've certainly had our trials and tribulations this year to say the least," coach Tom Renney said. "We have hockey yet to play. Our hope and our objective is to make sure that we finish the whole season this way. It's a good trip for us. We've got to go home now and take care of some business there and then head back out again.”

The big news in Edmonton on Tuesday was that forward Taylor Hall, who is recovering from a concussion, would have season-ending shoulder surgery. He is expected to be out five to six months.

"It was assessed by the medical people that he's better off at this point during the season that we get this done now," Oilers GM Steve Tambellini said. "He's a young guy, he'll have a full recovery and we've got the time now to do the proper rehab. He should be ready for the start of (next) season.”

Injuries: C Shawn Horcoff (back) and C Lennart Petrell (groin) are questionable. LW Taylor Hall (concussion/shoulder) is out.

Series notes

*This the fourth and final meeting of the season between the two teams.

*The Stars have won all three of the previous meetings in regulation by a combined score of 11-3.

*November 21, at Dallas: Stars 4, Oilers 1
January 7, at Dallas: Stars 4, Oilers 1
March 2, at Edmonton: Stars 3, Oilers 1


Mark Stepneski

ESPNDallas.com
Mark Stepneski joined ESPNDallas.com in July 2010. A former news/special projects producer for KXAS-TV, he has run the Andrew's Dallas Stars Page website since 1997.

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