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Game preview 67.0: Edmonton Oilers at Dallas Stars (18:30 MT, SNW)

Tonight is the classic case of a dangerous offense against a stellar defense. Both Edmonton Oilers is Dallas Stars they are winning games, but they are doing it in very different ways.

Edmonton has scored an average of 3.63 goals / game (the second most in the NHL behind Philly at 3.68) since the beginning of 2020, while the stars remain stingy defensively, allowing 2.64 goals / game.

Edmonton is 14-6-4 in 2020 and the stars are 15-7-3. They have been the fifth and sixth best teams in the NHL since January 1st and both are fighting for home ice in their respective divisions.

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Can the Stars Slow Down the Offensive with the Highest Oilers Score? Can Edmonton penetrate the strong defensive shell of the stars?

Stars starting the goalkeeper Ben Bishop he struggled in February going 4-3-1 with a .903Sv% and 3.20 GAA. Anton Khudobin’s backup had seven starts in February and didn’t lose the 5-0-2 with a .934Sv% and 2.07 GAA. Khudobin has started three of his last four games, but lost in the SO to the last game of Blues in the Stars on Saturday.

The stars announced this morning that Bishop is out because of an injury, so Khudobin will start, and today they remembered AHL goalkeeper Jake Oettinger. You could argue that Bishop’s injury benefits the stars due to how well Khudobin has played well.

But the Oilers’ offense is rolling right now, so they will still generate some chance. In the last 15 games, Leon Draisaitl has 14 goals and 28 points. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has 6-14-20 while Connor McDavid has 5-12-17 (in nine games) and Kailer Yamamoto has 6-9-15 in 12 games. Their best guys are producing and their depth markers are getting close.

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The highest paid players of the stars are not producing as they should be. Tyler Seguin ($ 9.85 million AAV) has 50 points, but only 17 goals. He was good, but it can’t end. However, Jamie Benn ($ 9.5 million AAV) has only 19 goals and 38 points. Joe Pavelski ($ 7 million AAV) has 14 goals and 30 points. Their combined capitalization success is $ 26.35 million, yet they have combined for just 50 goals and 118 points.

The stars are seventh in the NHL and comfortably in the playoffs, but if they want to beat St. Louis and / or Colorado they need more production from their best guys.

They are getting solid production from rookie wing Denis Gurianov. He has 20 goals in 60 games and nine have made it to his last 15. He seems more comfortable in every game. He’s got a really good shot and he’s someone to watch tonight.

I really like the Stars blueline. John Klingberg, Miro Heiskanen is Esa Lindell can really skate and move the puck. However, the stars weren’t able to generate much 5×5. They only have 107 5×5 goals, 30th in the NHL ahead of the modest Detroit Red Wings. The stars do not give up much at 5 × 5, allowing only 106 goals (the third less in the NHL), but it is difficult to always play the defensive one.

Colorado (102) and Boston (103) allowed fewer goals at 5 × 5, but scored 154 (second) and 137 (13th) respectively. Having the offensive punch allows you not to be so worried about allowing a goal or two. Tonight’s first goal would have been massive against the BB star star offense. That said, Edmonton has to limit PP’s opportunities in Stars. Dallas has a 30.4% lead over PP since January 1st.

And some things to watch out for tonight. The stars are excellent at limiting the chances of scoring.

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They are the first to fire with equal force (ES) from the slot against
They are the first in ES shots on the net from the slot against the race against.
They are second in attempts to shoot ES from the slot against the run.
They are second in attempts to shoot ES from the slot against.
I am fourth in ES pass against the slot.
They are in fourth place in the shots of internal ES slots on the net against.

Where they fought:

I am in 27th place for the recovery and exit from the rim dumps.
I’m on the 27th with recovery and soft dump-in exit.

This is where the Oilers could exploit them tonight.

Edmonton is the first to experience pressure on the ozone with no exit from the opposition in the face of a bombing.
Oilers are also excellent for controlled entry into the area, where third parties are in the NHL.
And they are in fourth place in the offensive zone of real turnover. Leon Draisaitl is 13th in the NHL in turnover / stripping of the puck and when he does it in the offensive zone and creates more time, he is lethal.

The above statistics are courtesy of Sportlogiq.com.

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Khaira-Haas-Chiasson / Neal



James Neal will play his first game from January 29 tonight. Kris Russel is a game time decision and if he can’t go then William Lagesson He will play. I’m curious to know who Dave Tippett is for Neal. He didn’t say who he would be this morning. Jujhar Khaira is one of their first four penalty kicks. Alex Chiasson is in the first unit’s powerplay and has shared time with Neal this season. Andreas Athanasiou has just been acquired, and although he may be a little messed up, I’m not sure he would have gone out. It’s a good problem to have for Tippett. Who would you like to mine and why?

Last night was another example of why players love playing with Tippett. Riley Sheahan and Zack Kassian were on goal for both Predators’ goals in a span of 14 seconds. Ethan Bear, Darnell Nurse and Andreas Athanasiou were present for the latter. Tippett called a timeout after the second goal, and the next faceoff he immediately returned to Sheahan, Kassian, Athanasiou, Nurse and Bear. Show confidence in your players. Show them who believes in them, and they should too. He has done this on several occasions this season. A few weeks ago, five minutes before the start of the game against Boston, with a confrontation of the defensive zone and with the last change, he put Gaetan HaasTake sides against Patrice Bergeron’s line.

It shows the players he believes in, and when he has to criticize their game or sit down, they don’t have the excuse “they don’t like me”. He authorizes his players and in return they want to please him. This is why I believe that the Oilers have rarely had games where their efforts were lacking. Even if they don’t feel well or are fatigued, we rarely see a lack of effort. I think the way Tippett manages his players is one of the main reasons why their effort has been quite consistent. It makes them feel important and when you feel important you perform better.





The top line of the stars of Benn / Seguin / Perry combined for 41 goals and 108 points. Draisaitl has 43 goals and 107 points. This is a perfect illustration of how good he was, but he also reflects on how the stars are really missing a game break right now. Seguin is really snake bite this season with only 17 goals on 234 shots. If he had scored his average SH% he would have 25 goals.

But it is showing signs of coming around. He has six goals in his last nine games with 30 shots. So in his first 56 games he had a 5.3% SH with 11 goals on 204 shots. He is a dangerous scorer and the Oilers must be aware that he is starting to emerge from his slump in the scores.

Photoshop: Tom Kostiuk

GAME DAY FORECAST: Edmonton continues to roll and skates away with a 4-2 win.

OBVIOUS PLAYING DAY PREVENTION: Once you decide who is going to go out for James Neal, there will be a lot of debate about why it wasn’t someone else. Oilersnation is amplified for the game, so this decision will stimulate many discussions.

Game day forecast not so obvious: When James Neal scores, no one will complain that he is a goal away from the Oilers who surrender with a third round choice. They will be more focused on victory. How it should be.

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