Preview: Rising Stars back to Edmonton
(Photo courtesy of edmontonsun.com) After beating the Anaheim Ducks, the Dallas Stars go back on the road for a three game road trip to Western Canada. The Stars first game on this trip will be against the Edmonton Oilers, whom Dallas defeated last Wednesday in overtime, thanks to a snap shot from Jaromir Jagr. Derek Roy also got his goal of the year and first as a Dallas Star, and of course Jamie Benn continued to stay on fire, getting a goal and an assist in that game. The Stars once again had solid goaltending from Lehtonen, stopping 27 of 29 shots faced.
The Stars come into Edmonton riding a three-game winning streak, with wins on the road against the Oilers, Avalanche, and a home win against the Ducks. So the Stars come back to the place their win streak started, in a building they are very successful at, the Oilers' home Rexall Place. This game however will be different than last week's tilt against the Oilers, as former Dallas Star defensemen Mark Fistric returns to the Oiler lineup to face his old club. As side from that it will be basically the same lineups for both the Stars and Oilers, and it sounds like it will be a rematch of goalies Lehtonen vs Dubnyk.
So what to look for in round two with the Oilers? It seems the message being "preached" by the Oilers is discipline after an optional team practice today, which I hope the Stars echo this as well. In their previous game against Edmonton, Dallas was guilty of penalties which included interference, hooking, and high sticking which all of these can be avoidable penalties. The Oilers are still far to dangerous on the power play, currently fifth overall in the NHL, so don't give them any chances to be there. Speaking of power play, that is another aspect the Stars need to get started again, especially since they have allowed more power play goals (9) then they have scored (7). To put that into prospective, the Oilers have twice as many power play goals as the Stars do, however Edmonton has had 17 more chances to do so. So with Benn finding his game and other players like Ryder, Roy, Eriksson, and Eakin stepping up, and good defense, I see no reason why the Stars can't win this game.