On Monday evening at Joe Louis Arena, the Detroit Red Wings shutout the Edmonton Oilers 4-0. It marked Detroit's first shutout of the season and Ty Conklin's first shutout with the Wings. The Wings are now 5-1-0 with Conklin in net, who made 21 saves in his fifth career shutout.
"He's been good for us, but we didn't bring a kid in here," coach Mike Babcock said. "We brought a man in here. He had a good run in Pittsburgh last year. He's had ups and downs (in his career), but that's the good thing here. When he's not playing, he's not worrying about it. He's getting ready for his next start."
Last night's game was much more reminiscent of the Red Wings from last year, which was a great sign for Wings fans. We saw scoring from four different players, kept the Oilers to 21 shots, killed all five penalties, and went 1-5 on the power play.
WIM favorite Niklas Kronwall earned the first star of the night honor by scoring Detroit's first goal of the night while on the power play and by assisting on Johan Franzen's goal in the third period. Franzen now has a goal in five straight games.
Detroit is back on another road trip as they swing through western Canada with a second straight game against Edmonton. Seven of Detroit's last nine games have been on the road.