Dallas Stars vs. Edmonton Oilers - 12/1/13
Edmonton Oilers (8-17-2) at Dallas Stars (12-9-3)
NHL Hockey: Sunday, December 1, 2013 at 6:00 pm (American Airlines Center)
The Line: Dallas Stars -152 / Edmonton Oilers +138 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
The Edmonton Oilers look to salvage their road trip with a win in Dallas while the Stars look to avenge an overtime loss in their last outing.
The Oilers looked as though they were on track to turn things around after stumbling out of the gates as they won three straight games heading into Columbus on Friday night but a 4-2 loss halted their momentum. The young Oilers will look to get back in the win column against a Stars team who despite sitting in last place in their division are playing very well at the moment and will certainly be a tough out. Ilya Bryzgalov posted a shutout in his first start with the Oilers but was peppered the next night against the Jackets as Columbus jumped on the Oilers early and often. Bryz will likely get the call for Edmonton heading into Dallas but it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see Devan Dubnyk get the call as he has been playing much better of late. Either way one of them will match up against Kari Lehtonen for the Stars who has been playing brilliantly since returning from an injury in the early part of the season.
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The Stars are a team that was on the brink of making the playoffs a year ago which was considered an underachievement considering the roster they had but a blow up at the end of the year including a deal that saw the Stars deal talented forward Loui Eriksson to the Bruins in exchange for Tyler Seguin put the wheels in motion for a rebuild. However, the Stars have played quite well this season sitting with a 12-9 record and 27 points which in any other division would have them middle of the pack or better. Dallas and Edmonton always seem to play each other very tightly ever since their fabricated rivalry in the 2000’s after meeting each other for four straight years in the playoffs and tonight shouldn’t be any different. I think Edmonton has a great chance to come away victorious here but I don’t have enough confidence to pull the trigger but either way I see some goals being scored as there is a ton of talent offensively for both teams and the blue lines of each being a bit suspect. Hammer the over.