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OKC Barons/Edmonton Oilers: Oilers take on Stars in NHL exhibition at Cox Center

Game begins at 7 p.m. Friday. This is the preseason finale for both teams.
BY MIKE BALDWIN Published: September 26, 2013
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Edmonton Oilers vs. Dallas Stars

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: Cox Convention Center.

Preseason records: Edmonton 5-1-1; Dallas 4-2-0.

Giveaway: First 2,000 adults and 1,000 kids ages 12 and under receive a Barons replica practice jersey.

Ticket information: Tickets, ranging from $29.65 (upper bowl) to $44.45 (lower bowl) are available at the Cox Convention Center box office starting at 10 a.m. Tickets by phone (405) 232-GOAL (4625) will be available until 3 p.m.

TOP PLAYERS

Edmonton — Taylor Hall, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 draft, led the Oilers in scoring last season (50 points). Jordan Eberle led the AHL in scoring while in OKC and finished third with the Oilers (37 points). Nail Yakupov, the No. 1 overall pick in 2012, was Edmonton's fourth-leading scorer (31) his rookie season. Justin Schultz led all NHL rookie defensemen in goals, assists and scoring. Goaltender Devan Dubynk, 27, is coming off a solid season (14-16-6, 2.55 GAA, .923 saves percentage). Edmonton's second-leading scorer, center Sam Gagner (broken jaw) and 2011 No. 1 overall pick Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (shoulder) will start the season on injured reserve.

Dallas — In a blockbuster deal, the Stars traded for center Tyler Sequin, the No. 2 overall pick behind Hall in the 2010 draft. Seeking cap relief, the Bruins traded Sequin in a multiplayer trade. The Stars also obtained veteran center Shawn Horcoff from the Oilers. The Stars are trying to upgrade an offense that finished in the bottom half of the league. Dallas will need to be improved offensively to support a suspect defense. Jamie Benn is among four of Dallas' top five scorers that return, but Benn scored only 33 points to lead the team. Entering his fifth season in Dallas, goalie Kari Lehtonen will turn 30 the week before Thanksgiving.

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