Edmonton Oilers (13-11-2) (5th, Pacific)
Dallas Stars (14-10-3) (4th, Central)
6:30 PM MST
American Airlines Center
TV: Sportsnet West
Radio: 630 CHED
THREE IN A ROW
Don’t look now, but the Oilers are on a three game winning streak. Their latest bounty? A 2-1 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights on Saturday night. Connor McDavid scored another mind-boggling goal early in regulation, while Ryan Spooner scored his first goal as a member of the Oilers. Two was enough, as Mikko Koskinen swept away 31 of 32 Vegas shots. Edmonton earned six valuable points at home last week, can they keep the good times rolling with a visit in Dallas?
Let’s go to the tape.
The Oilers are saying
“You’re taking two suitcases, a suit, a couple shirts, a backpack and off you go. But you’re still not really sure where you’re going to end up”
That’s Oilers forward Alex Chiasson on life as a PTO.
Through 20 games, Alex Chiasson has thirteen points (11-2-13). That’s not too shabby, an excellent start to his 2018-19 campaign. Chiasson is beating the daylights out of his shooting percentage right now, (it’s actually 34.4% lol) so it’s fair to reason that he’ll come back to Earth sometime. Right now, enjoy the goals.
The Stars are saying
“The last goal everyone notices him make the great pass but you don’t notice how hard he worked from one side of the post to get on the wall, to get on the defensive side, to stop a breakout, and then he makes a gifted play that superstars make.”
That’s Stars head coach Jim Montgomery on the play of Jamie Benn. Benn scored the game winner against Vancouver on Saturday with less than four minutes remaining in regulation. Benn is currently second on the Stars in scoring with 23 points (11-12-23) in 27 games played.
HAVE SOME OF THIS
- IMMIGRATION, MAN: Newly acquired Valentin Zykov has yet to receive clearance from immigration and is not yet with the team on this road trip. Patrick Russell was recalled for the time.
- HANGING ON: Oilers are 3-0-0 to close out their homestand. They’ve done it on stellar goaltending from Koskinen, as they’ve scored just six goals in that time.
- HITCH FACTOR? Not for nothing, but Hitchcock is 4-1-1 since becoming coach. That’s got a nice ring to it. Make it 5-1-1 tonight.
- NUGE IS HUGE: RNH has quietly put up 24 points so far in 26 games (6-18-24). An injury-free campaign could see that number climb over 70 by April, or even more.
- NET GAINS: I think it’s pretty safe to say that it’s Mikko Koskinen’s ball until he drops it. Koskinen will likely go for the Oilers tonight (8-2-1, .928 SV%/2.15GAA / 2 SO). Expect Ben Bishop for the Stars (it’s Ben Bishop Bobblehead night in Dallas, FYI, 9-5-1, .925 SV% / 2.25 GAA / 2 SO)
- SICK BAY: Andrej Sekera (ankle) and Tobias Rieder (face) will not dress for the Oilers. For Dallas, John Klingberg (hand) is out, Marc Methot (back)_is day-to-day.