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Rogers Place, Edmonton, Alberta Attendance: 18,347
Veteran coach Hitchcock to lead Oilers against Stars
Dallas Stars at Edmonton Oilers
- Dallas fell in Colorado, 3-2, on Saturday for its third straight road loss. The Stars are averaging 3.6 goals per game at home but just 2.1 goals per game on the road, the third-largest differential in the NHL (Flames, +2.0; Bruins, +1.9).
- Edmonton lost to the Kings, 5-2, on Sunday, falling to 2-7-1 in its last 10 games. The Oilers have a -16 goal differential in the first two periods, tied with Detroit for the lowest in the NHL.
- The Oilers have taken four of the last five home meetings with the Stars after Dallas took each of the previous six dating back to March 2012. The winning team has scored at least five goals in each of the last five matchups, regardless of site.
- Radek Faksa lit the lamp on Saturday, a day after the Stars got four goals from defensemen in Friday's win over Ottawa (Miro Heiskanen, two goals; Gavin Bayreuther, one; Taylor Fedun, one). As a team, the Stars have gotten 23.5 percent of their goals from blueliners, the third highest percentage in the NHL.
- Jamie Benn has 18 goals in 28 career skates against the Oilers, a rate of 0.64 goals per game. That ranks second among active players with at least 20 games against Edmonton -- only Jeff Carter (19 goals in 29 games, 0.66) has scored at a higher rate.
- Alex Chiasson scored both Edmonton goals on Sunday, his fifth and sixth points (2g, 4a) in his last six games. That's tied for the second most in a six-game span in his career; Chiasson had seven points between April 5 and 15, 2013, while playing for the Stars.
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Now in his 22nd season as an NHL coach, Ken Hitchcock likes what he's seen so far in his latest gig even if wins have been hard to come by.
Hitchcock will be behind the bench for the first time at Rogers Place as the Edmonton Oilers begin a three-game home stand against the Dallas Stars on Tuesday night.
Ranked third all-time with 824 wins, Hitchcock became the Oilers' 15th coach last Tuesday after the team fired Todd McLellan following a 9-10-1 start.
But Edmonton (10-11-2) lost for the eighth time in 10 games with Sunday's 5-2 defeat to the last-place Los Angeles Kings. The Oilers surrendered three third-period goals two nights after giving up the tying tally in the final minute before losing in overtime to the Anaheim Ducks.
After a 1-1-1 trip through California, Hitchcock still exudes passion.
"I'm really impressed. I'm way more impressed than I am disappointed. I see a group that cares deeply," said Hitchcock, who also guided the Stars to the franchise's lone Stanley Cup title in 1999. "We've got to work on some things and I got after it today pretty good on the bench today a couple times to get people to change their thinking, but I see a lot (of) things as a coach you've got to like."
One of those pieces is winger Alex Chiasson, who scored twice Sunday and may have found a home with the Oilers - his fifth team in seven seasons. Originally drafted by Dallas in 2009, Chiasson has given Edmonton some unexpected secondary scoring after joining the team four days before the season opener.
With 10 goals through 17 games, Chiasson is three markers short of tying a career high set over 79 games with the Stars in 2013-14, and he's buying in to what Hitchcock wants.
"We're right in the mix here of doing good things." Chiasson said. "It's on us as players to take it to the next level. We have (three) games at home here coming up and those will be key games for us to play (at) home in front of our fans."
The Oilers are 4-4-1 at home, but have alternated losses and wins over the last seven games.
Connor McDavid, a Hart Trophy winner looking for this third straight scoring crown, looks to show up on the scoresheet against Dallas for the eighth time in as many career games. The top overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft has seven goals and four assists during his streak, which includes a hat trick in November 2016 in Texas.
The Stars will try to avoid their fourth loss in five games after dropping a 3-2 decision to the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday. With less than three minutes left and Dallas (12-10-2) clinging to a one-goal lead, Anton Khudobin gave up the tying and go-ahead goals 46 seconds apart.
Still, first-year coach Jim Montgomery liked what he saw throughout.
"I see growth tonight. This is the first time where we've had a setback where we competed for 60 minutes. For me, this is the first time where we lost where I'm excited about where we're going," he said.
Though he's appeared in only seven of the Stars' 12 road contests this season, Alexander Radulov is tied with Jamie Benn for the team lead with eight points. The Russian winger recorded his second consecutive two-assist game on Saturday and has five helpers in a three-game streak.
Radulov, who missed six games at the start of November due to a lower-body injury, registered eight points (three goals, five assists) in last season's three-game series with Edmonton.
Updated November 27, 2018