(Photo courtesy of nhl.com) The Dallas Stars head to Alberta to face the Edmonton Oilers, this game is one of three in quick series between the Stars and Oilers ending next week. The Stars coming off a great win in Denver against the Avalanche, lead by Jamie Benn with help from team Captain Brenden Morrow. Dallas also looked better defensively and as usual goaltender Kari Lehtonen was stellar in net with 29 saves in the game.
Now that it seems Jamie Benn has started to get his game into gear, maybe the Stars can take a win against the Oilers who have lost their last three games. Edmonton is still a team not to be taken lightly, with the likes of Hall, Gagner, Smyth, Hemsky, and future NHL star Nail Yakupov who leads their team in goals with five. However the Oilers are another banged up team missing several of their starting players, including former Dallas Star defensemen Mark Fistric who is out with a back injury. Dallas once again with be without the services of Ray Whitney, who is now listed to be out at least a month with a foot injury. Injuries aside, successful teams find a way to win, be it line changes or roster movement between their AHL farm teams, I think the Stars are on the right path.
Here are some keys for the Stars to successful in this game against the Oilers. Once again do not get into penalty trouble against Edmonton, the Oilers can be deadly on the power play (28%) with 12 power plays goals this season earning them 4th place in the NHL. Next for Dallas, play your game, don't be pushed into playing a different style, keep it simple. Finally, play the odds, the Dallas Stars seem to be very successful playing in Edmonton, Stars winning 4 of the last 5 in Oil Country. I was hoping to see former Dallas Star Mark Fistric play against his old club for the first time after being traded, but it looks like it won't be in this game. After this game the Dallas Stars return home to play the Anaheim Ducks, and then it's back up to Edmonton for round two against the Oilers, Tuesday night February 12, 2013.