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3 Takeaways From Oilers’ 4-1 Win Over Stars

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The Edmonton Oilers were looking to build off their recent win against the Ottawa Senators with a matchup against a Western Conference rival, the Dallas Stars. Both teams have played well as of late, but the Oilers are in need of every point they can get going down the stretch, so a massive 4-1 win over a team that has had their number in recent years is something they can be happy with and hopefully, they can ride the momentum in the final stretch of games.

This was the Oilers’ 38th win of the season, giving them 84 total points on the year, and the season series win 2-1 over the Stars. Here are three takeaways from Thursday night’s matchup.

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Janmark Loves Playing His Old Teams

Mattias Janmark was one of, if not the best Oiler on the ice Thursday night. He finished with two goals against the Stars who used to employ him. He now has eight goals this season, four of which have come against the Stars, and two of the others have come against the Vegas Golden Knights and Chicago Blackhawks, both teams he used to play for as well.

Mattias Janmark
Mattias Janmark (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)

Janmark was tied for the team lead in points last night as he, Evan Bouchard and Connor McDavid all finished with two points. While he usually flies under the radar, this game was proof that he has been a valuable asset to the team and can chip in every now and again. His play away from the puck was strong as well, and the all-around team play he attributed led to the Oilers’ win.

Skinner Continues Strong Play

Stuart Skinner stopped 25 of 26 shots, backstopping the Oilers for his 21st win of the season. After a rough stretch of games, it’s nice to see Skinner has found his confidence in net again and has earned back the starting spot full-time over Jack Campbell while continuing to make a case to be the go-to goaltender come playoff time.

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