Dallas (22-13-0) began this season with 11 victories in its first 13 games at American Airlines Center, but has been outscored 10-3 in dropping its last three there. The Stars haven’t lost four in a row at home since Dec. 14-28, 2001.
They are returning to Dallas after a three-game trip that saw them earn a pair of wins, including Thursday’s 3-0 victory over San Jose. Marty Turco set a franchise record with his 28th shutout, one night after coach Dave Tippett held a team meeting following a 4-1 loss to Anaheim.
“From doom and gloom last night, we end up with (some) points and go home with some momentum,” Tippett said. “They came out and put the words into action.”
Turco also assisted on Jussi Jokinen’s second-period goal, his third assist of the season and ninth of his career.
“Any time you reach a milestone or record of any sort, it’s something to look back on after your career is over,” Turco said. “We played so well, the franchise record feels so insignificant.”
Turco is 7-4-0 with two shutouts and a 2.16 goals-against average in 12 starts at home this season. One of those defeats came to Edmonton (18-14-2) on Dec. 8, the first loss in Dallas’ three-game home skid.
That victory by the Oilers was just their third in the last nine meetings with the Stars.
Edmonton snapped a three-game road skid with a 3-2 win over Phoenix on Thursday. The Oilers have won just twice in their last six contests following an 8-2-1 stretch from Nov. 13-Dec. 8.
Petr Sykora, who leads Edmonton with 32 points, scored with 1:14 left in the third period to lift the Oilers over the Coyotes on Thursday. The veteran center has three goals in his last two games after not scoring in 10 straight contests.
Ales Hemsky also scored for the Oilers, and set up the winning goal when he battled past three skaters to bring the puck into the Phoenix zone.
“Every time he touched the puck in the third period you knew something was going to happen,” Oilers coach Craig MacTavish said.
Edmonton, though, continued its struggles on the power play. The Oilers failed to convert on six opportunities Thursday and are 0-for-27 with the man advantage over the last six games.
After scoring 18 power-play goals in its first 19 games this season, Edmonton has managed just five in the last 15 contests.