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The Edmonton Oilers are not about to say theyre as good as the teams that won the Stanley Cup five times between 1983 and 1990. Julian Weigl Jersey .Instead, the Oilers are more than happy to point out how theyre not looking like the franchise thats failed to make a postseason appearance in a decade.Edmonton returns to Rogers Place to start a two-game homestand Friday night against the Dallas Stars, who are trying once more to record consecutive wins for the first time this season.After falling to the Carolina Hurricanes in the Stanley Cup finals in 2006, Edmonton (9-4-1) has missed the playoffs for 10 straight seasons and has finished higher than 10th in the Western Conference just once during that span.Now led by a healthy Connor McDavid, a resurgent Jordan Eberle and newcomer Milan Lucic -- all tied for the team lead with five goals each -- the Oilers are atop the Pacific Division and second in the West behind the Chicago Blackhawks.I think its fair to say were deserving of the record we have to this point. Where we go from here now will be up to the group and weve got to approach every night like its the beginning of a new winning streak and get after teams, Oilers coach Todd McLellan told the teams official website. When were aggressive and were paying attention to our assignments all over the rink were a hard team to play against.Edmonton is coming off a 2-2-1 road trip with the three losses coming by a total of four goals. The Oilers kept Sidney Crosby off the scoresheet, but gave up the winning goal with 1:42 to play in a 4-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday.Oilers center Leon Draisaitl, now in his third season, said theres a new feeling among the players on the team.Within the room, we have a bigger confidence than people might think we do, Draisaitl told the Edmonton Sun. Its such a different feeling than last year, being considered one of the best teams in the league. We want to keep it going. Were all sick of losing in here.McDavid failed to score a goal on the road trip but recorded five assists -- including a career high-tying three in the loss to the Penguins -- and has 12 on the season. The top overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft scored his first NHL goal in the Oilers 4-2 loss to the Stars on Oct. 13, 2015, but would later miss 37 games during his rookie season with a broken collarbone.While the Oilers Cam Talbot has eight wins, Jonas Gustavsson could make just his second start and third appearance of the season. Gustavsson is 3-0-1 in four appearances, including three starts, with a 2.43 goals-against average and .910 save percentage versus the Stars.Talbot, who joined the Oilers last season after two seasons as a backup with the New York Rangers, lost in his only appearance against the Stars last season, and is 0-1-1 with a 3.02 GAA and .900 save percentage when facing them.Dallas (5-6-3) had allowed 15 goals during a three-game skid that ended with a 4-2 win over the Calgary Flames on Thursday night.We have to find ways to get points. These games arent going to be works of art, Stars coach Lindy Ruff told the Dallas Morning News. Its a good bounce-back game. That room was hurting after the Winnipeg game (an 8-2 loss Tuesday.)The Stars have been wracked by injuries for much of the season to many key players up front, and a slow start by captain Jamie Benn hasnt helped matters at all. Benn halted a nine-game goal drought by scoring twice in Calgary to double his season total to four -- hes averaged almost 37 goals in each of the previous three seasons.It seems I have one of these (slumps) every year, and you just have to work your way through it, Benn told the Dallas Morning News.Benn, a native of British Columbia, does seem to enjoy facing teams from neighboring Alberta. Thursdays outburst gives him 15 goals in 24 career games versus the Flames, the most hes tallied against one team. Benns second-highest career total are the 13 hes scored in 22 games against the Oilers.Dallas goaltenders Antti Niemi and Kari Lehtonen also have had success in Edmonton.Niemi has started seven games at Rexall Place, the Oilers former longtime home, posting a 5-1-1 record with a 2.26 GAA. And despite losing in his last game in northern Alberta in March 2015, Lehtonen is 6-2-1 with a 2.23 GAA and a shutout against the Oilers on their home ice.Dallas and Edmonton have split the last four meetings with each team winning twice at home. Christian Pulisic Jersey .In my heart and mind Im competing for India, luge competitor Shiva Keshavan told The Associated Press in an email interview. Every day Im flooded with messages from Indians all over the world telling me they are supporting me. Shinji Kagawa Jersey .Y. -- Marcell Dareus and the Buffalo Bills defence made life miserable for Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco. http://www.footballdortmundpro.com/Kids-Mario-Gotze-Jersey/ . The winner Saturday will remain in the elite 10-team field next year. "We talked about wanting to be disciplined and stick with our game plan and good things will come," Draisaitl said, who had two goals for the victors. CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- In a story Sept. 11 about North Carolinas game against Illinois, The Associated Press misspelled the last name of North Carolinas quarterback on some references. It is Mitch Trubisky, not Trupisky.A corrected version of the story is below:Trubisky leads North Carolina past Illinois, 48-23Tar Heels ride Trubiskys big night to 48-23 win at IllinoisBy DAVID MERCERAssociated PressCHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Nursing an eight-point lead with just over 12 minutes left Saturday, North Carolina quarterback Mitch Trubisky heaved the ball deep toward Ryan Switzer but instead connected with the back of an Illinois defensive back.No problem, as it turned out. The ball bounced high and came down in the hands of Tar Heel tight end Jake Bargas for a first down that set up a touchdown that gave North Carolina a 38-23 lead.Sometimes, its just your night, and Saturday was Trubiskys.The junior quarterback threw for 265 yards and two touchdowns and ran for two more scores Saturday to lead the Tar Heels to a 48-23 win at Illinois.We took what the defense gave us, Trubisky said. We were just rolling; whoever was open was making plays. Our o-line did a good job all night. We just kept attacking the areas they were giving us on the field.Trubisky was coming off a workmanlike performance a week earlier against Georgia that wasnt enough to deliver a win.On Saturday, he was 19-24 passing and didnt throw an interception. And he carried the ball nine times for 42 yards.He played well tonight, he took care of the football, North Carolina coach Larry Fedora said. He ran the ball effectively and I thought he was into it, sharp, focused and tough and thats what I expect from him.Early on, Trubisky had to lead the Tar Heels (1-1) from behind.Illinois (1-1) went up 7-0 on the opening drive on a 65-yard KeShawn VAugh touchdown run while North Carolinas offense started slow.Trubisky jump-started the attack, rushing for two short touchdowns by the end of the first quarter and giving UNC a 17-14 lead it never gave up.The Tar Heels held Illinois quarterback Wes Lunt to 127 yards and two touchdowns on 17-35 passing.Illinois also struggled with penalties. They were flagged 13 times for 99 yards.First-year Illinois coach Lovie Smith called the game a learning experience for his team, but had no explanation for the penalties.If you have a penalty, how do you explain it? Dont do it, he said. Sometimes you have to see whatt they do to your team. Marius Wolf Jersey. Winning teams dont do it.A year ago North Carolina easily handled Illinois at home, winning 48-14 and beginning a run that took the Tar Heels to the ACC title game and a bowl game.THE TAKEAWAYNORTH CAROLINA: Trubisky looked like a quarterback who can take North Carolina places, and while he was sacked twice his line otherwise protected him against an Illinois defensive line that punished Murray State in its opener. But before a late 62-yard touchdown when the game was all but decided, North Carolina struggled to get tailback Elijah Hood going. Aside from that TD he finished with 26 yards on 14 carries. UNC will need him when ACC play starts Sept. 24.ILLINOIS: A week after a 52-3 win over Murray State gave the beginning of Smiths tenure a feel-good start, the new Illinois coach has a much better idea of what he needs to fix. The Illini ran the ball well at times and the defense limited the Tar Heels run game. But 13 penalties cost Illinois 99 yards. And North Carolinas speed exposed Illinois secondary.LUNT IN CHECKLunt credited the North Carolina defense for shutting off his receivers for much of the night, calling the Tar Heel secondary the strength of their defense. Just seven of Lunts 17 completions went to Illinois wideouts.INJURY REPORTThe game was potentially costly for Illinois. Starting left guard Gabe Megginson had to be helped off the field in the fourth quarter with a leg injury and a Tar Heel defender fell over the back of his legs. And backup safety Caleb Day had to be helped off the field late I the second quarter after injuring his left leg. He did not return. The Illini also played without starting punter Ryan Frain, who Smith said was injured in a biking accident. It was not clear when Frain will return.UP NEXTNORTH CAROLINA: The Tar Heels will finally see their home field on Saturday, playing their first game at Kenan Memorial Stadium this season, against James Madison. James Madison opened season with an 80-7 win over Morehead State.ILLINOIS: Illinois will play its third straight home game, hosting Western Michigan on Saturday. The Broncos will come to Champaign having already upset Northwestern.---Follow David Mercer on Twitter: (at)davidmercerAPAssociated Press college football: www.collegefootball.ap.org Wholesale NFL Jerseys Wholesale Nike NFL Jerseys NFL Jerseys From China Cheap Nike Basketball Jerseys Wholesale Hockey Jerseys China Nike Baseball Jerseys Cheap College Jerseys China Cheap Football Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Canada Wholesale NHL Jerseys Canada Wholesale Nike MLB Jerseys Canada Cheap NBA Jerseys Authentic Canada Stitched Soccer Jerseys Canada Cheap Jerseys Canada NFL ' ' '

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