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Stars @ Oilers Game 75 Preview

Oilers finish up home stand with visit from Dallas

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36-28-10, 82 points, 1.084 p/g Ranks 21-40-13, 55 points, .726 p/g
Western Conference - 11th Western Conference - 13th
19th P/G 28th
5th ST 25th
23rd ES 18th
26th Goal 30th
7:30 PM MDT - SN1
Rexall Place
The opposing view: Defending Big D

Finishing Up The Rest

It's a good thing that Edmonton jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead against Colorado on Wednesday, because they need all of those goals and one more to completely shut the door against the Avalanche.  Martin Marincin scored his first career goal, while Jordan Eberle and Taylor Hall made it 3-0 before half the period had passed.  Semyon Varlamov was chased after the third goal, and Reto Berra was left to clean up.  Colorado responded with a power play marker from Jarome Iginla and Alex Tanguay in the second, while Ryan O'Reilly tied it at 3-all in the third.  Derek Roy scored a power play goal midway through the third, and Edmonton hung on through the remainder of the night.

The season is mercifully inching towards a close.  Today, all the old Oilers visit the current Oilers at Rexall Place.  Let's see who's saying what.

The Oilers are saying

"That was a great feeling...I haven't scored all season so now I (have) scored and it's a great feeling.  It was good, in my second shift.  The whole game I was feeling like I was flying on the ice.  That's great.  I am double feeling good for (scoring and) winning this game"

That's Oilers defenceman Martin Marincin on getting his first career goal, and going on to win the game.

Scoring your first career goal has got to be a good feeling.  Andrew Miller also scored his first career assist on the play, so they both got...

...half a puck.  Sure.

The Opponent is saying

"We know where we are at.  This is a game we know we needed two points.  We had to get two points somehow.  That puts pressure on the teams above us.  Winnipeg recognizes where we are now.  It's a situation where we might have to run the table, and that might not get you in."
That's Stars' coach Lindy Ruff on where his team fixes to be in the playoff picture.

Stars are looking at 82 points with nine more games to go.  If they run the table, they'll have a seat at the table. Anything less than 7-1 is probably a participation ribbon.

Have some of this
  • INJURY CARD - Andrew Ference (lower body), will again miss tonight's game and Boyd Gordon (back) is out again. Matt Hendricks (back) is out, and Mark Fayne (shoulder) will also be out.  Rob Klinkhammer is in at centre, you guys.
  • HOW TO WIN FRIENDS AND INFLUENCE PEOPLE: Richard Bachman (0-2-0, .854 SV% / 5.26 GAA) is getting the start on Fan Appreciation Night in Edmonton.  Dallas will counter with Kari Lehtonen (33-14-10, .908 SV% / 2.82 GAA),
  • What's a good token that the Oilers could offer their fans for supporting this team for another season filled with train wrecks and general malaise?
    Money. Throw money at people. And beer coupons. More than one per person this time, you guys.
  • Arizona taking an OT win in Buffalo brings them one point closer to 28th.  Buffalo looks to have a solid grip on 30th.