|8-17-2, . 666 p/g||Ranks||12-9-3, 1.126 p/g|
|Western Conf: 14th||Western Conf: 12th|
American Airlines Center
The opposing view: Defending Big D
- Third and final game of a three game roadie for the Oilers. They can finish 2-1 on the trip should they emerge victorious tonight. New Oilers goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov started back-to-back games to begin the series against Nashville and Columbus. Bryzgalov posted a shutout in Nashville, but yielded four goals in 23 shots against the Jackets.
Bryzgalov starts again. Does that make sense to anyone?— Dustin Nielson (@nielsonTSN1260) December 1, 2013
It appears he'll get a third straight start this afternoon.
The Oilers are saying:
"Fatigue makes cowards of us all"
That's Oilers coach Dallas Eakins on how he doesn't believe his team is fit enough in back-to-back games.
Shouldn't we be past this point by now? I'm assuming words mean something. When you say them, you're trying to communicate a point you'd like to get across. What's my point? My point is that we're coming up to game 30, fitness is still an issue? Yes, the team stunk on the second of a back to back, but if we're over 30% of the way in the season, fitness ought not be an issue. Fitness really ought not to be an issue seeing as how it was your thing when you were installed. I'm sure scribes are having a laugh at this one, especially if they're still getting celery and radicchio during media scrums.
The Opponent is saying:
"We played one hell of a game. That was one hell of a hockey game...I thought puck wise and playmaking wise and skating, there was a lot of speed in the game. I thought our guys played as hard as they could"
Losing sucks. Losing sucks worse when you lose one of your defenceman to injury. Taking a point on the road against a tough Blackhawk team may not ease the pain of losing, but it's not like you dropped points in Calgary. Or Edmonton.
You've probably heard about the differences in quality between the Eastern and Western Conferences. The Stars are a respectable 12-9-3, yet are just two spots higher in the conference standings than the Oilers. ( note: the Stars are a full nine points ahead of Edmonton). 27 points is good for 12th of 14 in the West, it puts you on the playoff bubble in the East. Dallas has a few games in hand, but even with a 12-9-3 record, they're last in the Central division. They're staring at the Oilers in their home barn today.
- The Stars will be without the services of defenceman Stephane Robidas for some time. Robidas broke his leg after careening into the boards Friday night against the Blackhawks. Early estimates have him missing anywhere between four and six months. The Stars have recalled Jamie Oleksiak in the meantime.
- Boyd Gordon is a coin flip for today's game with a possible shoulder injury getting in the way. Gordon played about six minutes in the team's loss to Columbus. If he can't go, I'm sure Will Acton is around.
- SEAMLESSLY INJECTED: Oilers GM Craig MacTavish was in attendance for the Barons game in OKC last night.
Projected Lines & Pairings:
The Edmonton Oilers
Taylor Hall - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - Jordan Eberle
Nail Yakupov - Sam Gagner - Ales Hemsky
Ryan Smyth - Boyd Gordon - David Perron
Jesse Joensuu - Mark Arcobello - Ryan Jones
Andrew Ference - Jeff Petry
Nick Schultz - Anton Belov
Denis Grebeshkov - Justin Schultz
The Dallas Stars
Jamie Benn - Tyler Seguin - Valeri Nichushkin
Ray Whitney - Cody Eakin - Alex Chiasson
Erik Cole - Shawn Horcoff - Rich Peverley
Antoine Roussel - Vernon Fiddler - Ryan Garbutt
Brenden Dillon - Jamie Oleksiak
Jordie Benn - Trevor Daley
Alex Goligoski - Sergei Gonchar