Stars vs Oilers : Stars vs Oilers meet Thursday in NHL action at the Rogers Place.The Oilers five-game homestand continues Thursday when they host the Dallas Stars.The Edmonton Oilers are fresh off an embarrassing home loss as a massive favorite and after a day off, they’re back in the same position.
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The Dallas Stars look for another victory after splitting their last 10 games. The Dallas Stars are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 18.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Tyler Seguin leads Dallas with 31 goals, Alexander Radulov has 39 assists and Jamie Benn has 179 shots on goal. Defensively, the Dallas Stars are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 82.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Ben Bishop has given up 87 goals on 1,279 shots faced and Anton Khudobin has allowed 82 goals on 1,077 shots. The Dallas Stars have allowed three or less goals in each of their last 14 games.
The Edmonton Oilers could use a win here after splitting their last 10 games. The Edmonton Oilers are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 21.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Leon Draisaitl leads Edmonton with 46 goals, Connor McDavid has 73 assists and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has 198 shots on goal. Defensively, the Edmonton Oilers are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 74.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Anthony Stolarz has given up 11 goals on 101 shots faced and Mikko Koskinen has allowed 131 goals on 1,418 shots. The Edmonton Oilers have allowed three or more goals in six of their last nine games.
The Stars are 5-0 in their last 5 road games, 4-1 in their last 5 games as a road favorite and 29-63 in their last 92 games playing on 0 days rest. The Oilers are 8-19 in their last 27 games as an underdog, 2-7 in their last 9 games as a home underdog and 1-6 in their last 7 vs. Central. The Stars are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings in Edmonton and 57-25-1 in the last 83 meetings. The under is 35-13-5 in Stars last 53 overall. The over is 4-1 in Oilers last 5 overall.
The home team has won each of the last six meetings and eight of the last 10 meetings overall between the Stars and Oilers. The Edmonton Oilers also need as many points as possible to keep their slim playoff hopes alive and are catching the Stars on the end of a back to back. This feels like a good spot to take the Oilers. However, the Dallas Stars are simply playing better hockey and have a defense that’s been hard to crack these past few weeks. I have to give the edge to the Stars and the cheap price.
Connor McDavid leads Edmonton into a matchup against Dallas. He currently ranks second in the league with 112 points, scoring 39 goals and recording 73 assists.
The Oilers have gone 18-17-3 in home games. Edmonton averages 9.5 penalty minutes per game, the fourth-most in the league. Zack Kassian leads the team serving 98 total minutes.
The Stars are 18-17-3 on the road. Dallas has scored 40 power-play goals, converting on 20.1 percent of chances. In their last matchup on Dec. 3, Dallas won 4-1. Brett Ritchie recorded a team-high 2 points for the Stars.
The Kings enter on a two-game winning streak but keep in mind this team has lost 16 of 20. They showed signs of life in back-to-back wins over San Jose and Anaheim, scoring four goals in each of those two victories. Dustin Brown has picked up his production with two goals and four points in his last three games. Anze Kopitar continues to produce with a goal and three points over that same span.
The problem for the Kings is that they have been very inconsistent at the offensive end of the ice all season. On top of that, they have also struggled to keep pucks out of their own net. Jonathan Quick should be back between the pipes after Jack Campbell got the nod against the Calgary Flames on Monday. Quick owns a 3.81 goals-against average and a .866 save percentage so far this season. He’s allowed at least three goals in a start in nine of his last 11 outings. Another effort like that is likely to sink the Kings.
The Oilers need to jump on the Kings early in this one and really make sure they don’t let them get any confidence through the first two periods. The Kings will be in a back-to-back situation on the road, so they should be fatigued.
Any hope the Oilers have begins with Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl up front. McDavid has produced 108 points so far this season, which is the second-most in the NHL behind only Nikita Kucherov of the Tampa Bay Lightning. Meanwhile, Leon Draisaitl has 43 goals and 95 points.
The big question will be whether Mikko Koskinen and do the job between the pipes. Koskinen owns a 2.87 goals-against average and a .908 save percentage this season. However, he gave up four goals in the loss to Ottawa and tends to suffer lapses. He’s been more reliable at home, going 13-7-2 with a .920 save percentage (compared to 10-11-3 with a an .896 save percentage on the road) but he’s really hard to trust. The Oilers have lost four of his last six starts.