Again, Oilers' destiny seems to be in Stars

ROBIN BROWNLEE -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 9:20 AM ET

There's nothing like Texas in the springtime.

The Edmonton Oilers should know - they've ended up facing the Dallas Stars in either the first or second round the last six times they've made the playoffs.

With the Oilers and Stars concluding their regular-season series at Rexall Place tonight, some see this tilt as just a warmup for another post-season match-up. The Stars are second in the Western Conference, while the Oilers sit eighth, but can vault over L.A. into seventh with a win.

Big D stands for D-estiny, after all.

"With the history of the rivalry between Dallas and Edmonton, I know a lot of people are looking at that," smiled Stars coach Dave Tippett.

"I know our media and television people just think it's inevitable that it's going to happen. We'll see."

With 83 points, the Stars are four points back of the Detroit Red Wings in conference standings, while the Oilers occupy eighth with 72 and could finish anywhere from fourth to ninth.

It's first against eighth, second versus seventh, third against sixth and fourth taking on fifth in the first round.

With fate being what it is, a date with Dallas isn't just a possibility, it seems likely.

"Anything can happen," Tippett said.

"There's going to be a lot of changes in positioning in the standings, so who really knows?"


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