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Another Dominant Home Performance

Another Dominant Home Performance

The Dallas Stars return home and it takes them a few periods to really settle in, but they light things up in the third and come away with a decisive 4-1 win against the Oilers.

Game Stats

Score: 1-4 DAL
Shots: 29-25 EDM
Face off: 55% DAL
Power Play: 1/2 DAL
Penalty Kill: 0/3 DAL
Hits: 24-23 EDM

Stars fall in OT in Edmonton

Stars fall in OT in Edmonton

The Dallas Stars head to Edmonton to take on Connor McDavid & the Oilers. This is the first home game for the Oilers under new head coach Ken Hitchcock, former Stars head coach.

Dallas couldn’t get things done on the road and despite a great performance by Anton Khudobin in net stopping 30 of 31 shots, the Stars fell in overtime to the Oilers.

Game Stats

Score: 0-1 EDM
Shots: 28-31 EDM
Face off: 51% EDM
Power Play: 0/2 DAL
Penalty Kill: 2/2 DAL
Hits: 28-37 EDM

Edmonton Oilers name Ken Hitchcock as Head Coach

Edmonton Oilers name Ken Hitchcock as Head Coach

The former Dallas Stars Head Coach Ken Hitchcock who ‘retired’ after last season has just been named the new head coach of the Edmonton Oilers.

The Edmonton Sun released:

SAN JOSE, Calif. — In a desperate attempt to stop the bleeding that threatens to sink another season, the Edmonton Oilers fired head coach Todd McLellan Tuesday, replacing him with Ken Hitchcock.

Hitchcock, an Edmonton native, becomes the eighth Oilers coach in the last 10 years. With Edmonton having lost six of its last seven games to fall five points out of a playoff spot, McLellan was dismissed before he had a chance to try to salvage his job on a three-game road trip to California.

“I know what’s wrong, but it’s not going to get fixed overnight,” said Hitchcock. “I’ve been through this before and I’m going to help it along. It’s not going to change overnight but we can start taking some steps.”

The Edmonton native sits third in career National Hockey League coaching wins with 823 behind only Scotty Bowman (1,244) and Joel Quenneville (890).

Hitchcock won a Stanley Cup with the Dallas Stars in 1999 and was named the NHL’s top coach in 2011-12 with the St. Louis Blues.

“He knows how to inject system structure, execution in a short period of time,” Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli said. “He’s got a lot to his portfolio. I thought he was the right person for the job.”

Hitchcock, 66, coached the Stars twice, the Blues, the Philadelphia Flyers and the Columbus Blue Jackets before announcing his retirement last April.

“I had the experience of working with Ken in Sochi (Olympic),” Chiarelli said. “I got to know him fairly well in a short period of time. His track record is impeccable. He’s a very good tactician. What I saw was a real high level of input in a short period of time. You can extrapolate that a little bit here. We’re two months in and we don’t have a full season left.”

McLellan came to the Oilers at the start of the 2015 season and in 2016-17 led the team to its only playoff appearance in the last 12 years. He leaves with a 123-119-24 record (9-10-1 this season).

He was the sixth man to coach the Oilers since the team fired Craig MacTavish at the end of the 2008-09 season, following Pat Quinn, Tom Renney, Ralph Krueger, Dallas Eakins and Todd Nelson. MacTavish also stood behind the bench alongside Nelson in late 2014.

“I saw some things that were resurfacing,” Chiarelli said. “Not an indictment on Todd, he’s a good man and he’s a very good coach and he’s going to be a very good coach in the league again. We had a weak start and then we had a real good stretch. I don’t think we over-achieved and then I saw some reversion back.”