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Morning Skate: Red Wings at Oilers Preview

Dale MacMillan

9:30p ET, Rexall Place

Edmonton, AB

TV: Fox Sports Detroit, RDS2

Radio: 97.1 The Ticket

Oilers Blog: Copper & Blue

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If the Red Wings lose tonight, well, this season could get ugly. I've mentioned in the past here in this space that this season is a roller coaster. Right now, it's one of the bigger dips on the ride. Detroit has certainly lost more games in a row this season, but three straight defeats at the hands of the Blue Jackets and Flames is just about as low as it gets. And yes, I know the BJs are playing solid right now and I still don't care. You don't get swept in a home-and-home to them. That should not happen. Last night's game in Calgary was an embarrassment. A loss tonight could turn the entire season into an embarrassment.

The Expected Lineup

Damien Brunner - Henrik Zetterberg - Valtteri Filppula

Johan Franzen - Pavel Datsyuk - Justin Abdelkader

Daniel Cleary -- Joakim Andersson -- Gustav Nyquist

Drew Miller - Cory Emmerton - Jordin Tootoo

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Niklas Kronwall - Jonathan Ericsson

Kyle Quincey - Brendan Smith

Brian Lashoff - Jakub Kindl

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Jimmy Howard (starting)

Jonas Gustavsson

Scratches: Patrick Eaves, Kent Huskins and Ian White

Injuries: Mikael Samuelsson (finger), Todd Bertuzzi (back), Darren Helm (back) and Carlo Colaiacovo (shoulder)

RED WINGS THE MATCH-UP OILERS
12-10-5 (29 pts; 9th in West) Record 10-11-5 (25 pts; 13th in West)
2.52 (20th in NHL) Goals Per Game 2.38 (24th in NHL)
2.56 (10th) Goals Against Per Game 2.85 (21st)
15.1% (25th) Power Play % 23.1% (7th)
78.4% (25th) Penalty Kill % 83.8% (7th)
Damien Brunner (10 goals) Goal Leader Sam Gagner (10 goals)
Henrik Zetterberg (27 points) Points Leader Sam Gagner (25 points)

  • The Red Wings are 58-36-13-11 (W-L-T-OTL) all-time against the Edmonton Oilers.
  • Edmonton has won two straight after ending their five game losing streak. They've scored 10 goals in their two wins.
  • The Wings are 2-1-0 on Fridays this season. This is their first road game on a Friday. In every Friday game they've played the winning team has scored 5 goals.
  • Detroit is 3-2-0 against Canadian teams this season.
  • The last time these two teams met was March 7. This is the last time the Red Wings won a game. Detroit took home a 3-0 shutout victory. Kindl, Emmerton and Abdelkader scored.
  • Detroit is 5-3-2 in their last 10 games. Edmonton is 4-4-2.
  • Howard is 8-1-2 with a 1.96 GAA and .925 SV% with 2 shutouts in 11 career starts against the Oilers.
Prediction: Detroit wins 5-4 in a shootout. Brunner is your player of the game.

Let's Go Red Wings.