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Edmonton Oilers @ Dallas Stars Game 19 Preview

The Oilers need to hurdle a bunch of teams to get to the 8th spot. They start with Dallas.

Derek Leung
Edmonton Sled Dogs

@

Dallas Black Hawks
7-7-4 1.0 p/g
10-8-2, 1.1 p/g
Western Conf: 12th Western Conf: 9th

6:30 p.m. MST | Sportsnet West
American Airlines Center
Tickets

The opposing view: Defending Big D

Top Story: The Oilers stole a point from Chicago that they didn't deserve, but badly needed. I predicted that the Oilers need 10 points from this road trip to stay competitive and 12 points to move into a playoff spot. A point against the Blackhawks is a great start, but they need to beat Dallas in regulation. A loss moves Edmonton six points behind Dallas with two road games in hand - not a good situation to be in.

The Oilers are saying:

"I know, in my case, if I was struggling, I could at least go out and bang some people."

--Kevin Lowe, on the struggles of Ryan Whitney to get into the lineup.

The Opponent is saying:

"If it wasn’t this trade, there was going to have to be movement in the next few years and they are going to have to find a way to move that money. It was going to happen now, or in the summer or next year. There was a great opportunity to go to Dallas. There’s a player there I spent a number of years with in Carolina in Ray Whitney. I placed a call to Ray, and he had great things to say about the organization."

--Erik Cole, on waiving his no-movement clause.

Key matchup: Ralph Krueger tried some wacky stuff in practice yesterday.

If Magnus Paajarvi wasn't ailing or resting, and this is an indication of the lineup against Dallas, the Oilers' coaching staff has no idea what it's doing. The Gagner - Hemsky duo couldn't break even with Nail Yakupov or Teemu Hartikainen, but were very good against Chicago with Paajarvi. It's time for Krueger to stop playing around with his lineup and his tactics and use the few advantages he has to create positive matchups. Ryan Jones on the second line is not a positive matchup, nor is Nail Yakupov on a checking line.


Edmonton Oilers Injuries

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Andy Sutton knee 01/16/2013
Nikolai Khabibulin undisclosed 02/27/2013
Shawn Horcoff other-excused 02/05/2013
Teemu Hartikainen shoulder 02/24/2013
Anton Lander foot 02/07/2013


Dallas Stars Injuries

Questionable

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Philip Larsen other-excused 02/27/2013
Kari Lehtonen groin 02/16/2013

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Ray Whitney foot 02/02/2013