Brad Richards. Photo courtesy ESPN.com

Bits And Pieces - Oilers @ Stars

The second of a five game road trip will find Edmonton against their old friends in Dallas tonight.

Oilers in Big D

Edmonton Oilers @ Dallas Stars – Game 41

11 JAN 2011 – 6:30 MST / 8:30 EST

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And here we go…

  • This is the first of four meetings between the Oilers and the Stars this year.  Unlike the Flames (which, the Oilers played three times in the first three weeks of the season), Edmonton will face Dallas four times in the remaining 41 games.
  • Line tweaks?  There’s a few.  Start with Taylor Hall playing centre tonight between Dustin Penner and Hemsky.  Gagner will centre a line between Paajarvi and Omark, while Liam Reddox gets 3rd line time with Andrew Cogliano at centre and Ryan Jones.  Fourth line will look similar to how it has, and your buddy Taylor Chorney will make his season debut in Edmonton.  Phew.
  • Nikolai Khabibulin will get the go tonight for Edmonton between the pipes.  There’s about 5% of me that believes that if he starts playing at an overall .910 SV% level, he’d be an interesting pickup for someone at the deadline.  Ah, who am I kidding.
  • Centre Brad Richards currently leads the Stars in scoring with 49 points (18G-31A) in 43 games.  Winger Loui Eriksson isn’t far behind.  Both players have been named to the All-Star Game in Raleigh, NC later this month.  Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle, and Ales Hemsky have been chosen to represent Edmonton.  Linus Omark and Alex Giroux have been named to the AHL All-Star Game.
  • The great state of Texas is home to a restaurant that I’ve got to get to before I die.  It’s called the BIG TEXAN, and it’s in Amarillo.  They’ve got a huge steak along with some sides that if you eat in an hour, it’s free.  If you don’t, it’s almost $100.  What does this have to do with the game?  Nothing.  But who doesn’t like a good steak and a beer?
  • Finally, whenever Edmonton plays Dallas, I like to dust this one off…

Now get out there and win this game.

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