While the Dallas Stars have been outstanding on the road, their recent play at home has been the complete opposite.
The Stars hope to end a five-game home losing streak Tuesday night when they try to hand the Edmonton Oilers a fifth straight road loss.
Dallas (25-13-5) matched a franchise record with its seventh straight road win, 4-0 over Minnesota on Sunday. Jamie Benn scored twice and backup goalie Andrew Raycroft made 26 saves.
"Sometimes you play a game that's a little simpler on the road, and I definitely believe that was the case tonight," coach Marc Crawford said.
The Stars may want to use that style of play at home, where they have totaled eight goals in going 0-3-2 since a 5-2 win over Montreal on Dec. 21.
This contest will mark Jamie Langenbrunner's first home game in his second stint with Dallas. Langenbrunner was acquired from New Jersey on Friday, and logged 15 minutes while playing on a line with Steve Ott and Adam Burish.
"It's been an exciting few days for me," Langenbrunner told the Stars' official website. "I have to think a little bit more just to make sure I'm in the right spot."
Raycroft, 2-2-0 with a 3.80 goals-against average in four starts against Edmonton (13-20-7), won his fourth straight start Sunday. No. 1 goalie Kari Lehtonen has posted a 3.17 GAA while starting every game of this home skid, and he's 1-1-0 with a 3.53 GAA in two games against the Oilers.
The Stars are confident in both.
"Our goaltending's been strong all year," Crawford said. "We haven't had very many nights where we've scratched our heads."
Dallas went 2-0-2 against Edmonton last season. Benn had six points, Brad Richards had five and James Neal had one goal in each game.
Dustin Penner had five points and Sam Gagner three goals for the Oilers in those contests.
Edmonton fell to 0-3-1 in its last four road games with Friday's 6-1 loss to Vancouver. The Oilers went 0 for 4 on the power play, are 0 for 20 overall during a 1-5-1 stretch and are a Western Conference-worst 11.9 percent on the road overall.
Edmonton's penalty kill had been solid in killing off all 18 chances in its previous six games before the Canucks went 2 for 4 on the power play Friday.
"We lost the special teams battle and I think on most nights when that happens, you're not going to win," winger Ryan Jones said.
The Oilers are trying to stay positive with defenseman Ryan Whitney missing the last six games with an ankle injury. Whitney and Penner are tied for the team lead with 27 points.
"The thing that I was impressed with was that we continued to push forward," Jones said. "There wasn't a whole lot of guys giving up on the bench, guys were sticking up for each other."
Nikolai Khabibulin is 0-6-0 with a 3.56 GAA in his last six games, but he's 6-2-0 with a 2.48 GAA in his last eight against Dallas.