Oilers vs. Stars preview: Two teams searching for consistency

Ronald Martinez

The Dallas Stars travel to Edmonton on Wednesday night to take on the Oilers, with both teams searching for consistency after an up and down start to the season.

The Dallas Stars are looking to build momentum after winning two of their last three, including a 3-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Monday night. The Stars had suffered a four-game losing streak while working through various injuries to the top six and roster fluctuations as coach Glen Gulutzan fought to find some sort of chemistry on a team in transition.

The Stars have struggled to score goals this season, especially on the road, and had scored just four goals and five games away from home before Monday's win over the Avs. Jamie Benn scored twice in his fifth game back after signing a new five-year contract in Colorado as the Stars search for sustained offensive pressure from outside the top line.

The Oilers, despite an abundance of young and promising talent, have scored just 2.33 goals per game this season while scoring just seven goals in their last four games. Edmonton is looking to rebound after three straight losses, although two were overtime or shootout losses against two of the toughest teams in the West.

The big news for the Oilers headed into the game comes with questions about play up the middle, as Shawn Horcoff is out on Wednesday night along with Eric Belanger. Edmonton has won just 45 percent of faceoffs this season and could struggle again once more without the team's two best centers at the dot.

Puck drop is set for 10 p.m. ET with local coverage on FSSW+ and TSN.

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