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Morning Skate: Oilers at Red Wings Preview

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Gregory Shamus

2p ET, Joe Louis Arena

Detroit, MI

TV: Fox Sports Detroit, CBC

Radio: 97.1 The Ticket

Oilers Blog: Copper & Blue

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Jeff's power went out before he could write this blurb.

The Expected Lineup

Damien Brunner - Henrik Zetterberg - Johan Franzen

Daniel Cleary - Valtteri Filppula - Pavel Datsyuk

Tomas Tatar - Justin Abdelkader - Drew Miller

Joakim Andersson - Cory Emmerton - Jordin Tootoo

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Niklas Kronwall - Brian Lashoff

Kyle Quincey - Jonathan Ericsson

Kent Huskins - Ian White

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Jimmy Howard (starting)

Petr Mrazek

Scratches: Jakub Kindl, Patrick Eaves

Injuries: Brendan Smith (shoulder), Darren Helm (back), Jonas Gustavsson (groin), Carlo Colaiacovo (shoulder), Mikael Samuelsson (groin) and Jan Mursak (shoulder)

OILERS THE MATCH-UP RED WINGS
4-3-3 (11 pts; T-7th in West) Record 5-4-1 (11 pts; T-7th in West)
2.30 (T-22nd in NHL) Goals Per Game 2.70 (T-15th in NHL)
2.60 (T-12th) Goals Against Per Game 2.90 (20th)
28.3% (4th) Power Play % 12.0% (26th)
87.2% (7th) Penalty Kill % 69.6% (29th)
Nail Yakupov (5 goals) Goal Leader 2 tied with 5 goals
Sam Gagner (11 points) Points Leader Henrik Zetterberg (14 points)

  • The Red Wings are 56-36-13-11 (W-L-T-OTL) all-time against the Edmonton Oilers.
  • Edmonton has lost four straight games. The last two have come in overtime.
  • Last time these two teams squared off was just over a year ago, February 8, 2012. Detroit won 4-2 and 10 different Wings registered a point. Franzen scored a power play goal while Emmerton, Miller and Zetterberg all scored at even strength. Abdelkader led to the team with two points, both of which game on assists.
  • Detroit is 3-0-1 against the Oilers last season.
  • Howard is 6-1-2 with a 2.28 GAA and .915 SV% with one shutout in 9 career starts against the Oilers.
Prediction: Red Wings win 3-1. Damien Brunner is your player of the game.

Let's Go Red Wings.