Red Wings / Oilers Game Thread: Don't Mention the Streak

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Edmonton Oilers
Team Detroit Red Wings
21-27-5 47 Points Record 35-17-2 72 Points
Nikolai Khabibulin (11-15-4 2.45 GAA) Starting Goalie Joey MacDonald (0-1-1 1.33 GAA)
The Copper & Blue SB Nation Site - Last Meeting Saturday, 5-4 L (SO)
7:30 PM EST Time - Television FS-D+, TSN


The Wings have lost two straight games for the first time since the middle of December, but it's been a culmination of getting away with some less-than-inspiring play that's finally fallen off rather than a complete disappearance of their game. As Detroit starts to battle more injuries and fatigue, the tests get harder and the opponents get more desperate. Detroit will need to find a way to match their opponents' intensity.

For all rights and purposes, the Oilers are out of the playoff hunt. It's entirely possible that this young group will find a way to make up the 11-point gap currently sitting between them and 8th place, but the odds are against them. That doesn't mean for one second that the kids who deserved two points in regulation last Saturday aren't going to be motivated to end Detroit's home winning streak.

The Wings have looked like they did at the end of October lately. Let's hope they don't take as long to snap out of it this time.

Comment away and let's go Red Wings.

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