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Game 40

Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports

9:30p ET, Rexall Place

Edmonton, AB

TV: Fox Sports Detroit-Plus

Radio: 97.1 The Ticket

Oilers Blog: The Copper & Blue

The Red Wings could really use a win tonight. It's like they've been stuck in neutral the last few weeks. It wasn't long ago they were right there at the top of the division race. Now? Teams like the Lightning and Canadiens have started to pull away in the standings. They could still be caught, but with every loss it will get harder and harder thanks to all the three point games. And while those teams pull away, the Wings are getting close to the Wild Card pack. There's still a healthy lead on the Maple Leafs and Bruins, but it would be great to just step on their throats now. Points earned here in January will go a long was come March and April.

And who better to right the ship against than the Edmonton Oilers? No game in the NHL is a guaranteed win, but if you're looking for two points, the Oilers don't win much. No messing around tonight. Ideally the Wings can get up early with a decent lead and hopefully cut back on ice time for some of the top guys. Rest up for the second night of the back-to-back. Get the two points tonight and right the ship on this western Canadian road trip.

The Expected Lineups

Forwards

Henrik Zetterberg Pavel Datsyuk Justin Abdelkader
Tomas Tatar Riley Sheahan Tomas Jurco
Gustav Nyquist Darren Helm Johan Franzen
Stephen Weiss Luke Glendening Drew Miller

Defensemen

Niklas Kronwall Jonathan Ericsson
Danny DeKeyser Kyle Quincey
Xavier Ouellet Brendan Smith

Goaltenders

Jimmy Howard (starting)
Petr Mrazek


Scratches: Brian Lashoff, Daniel Cleary & Joakim Andersson

Injuries: Jakub Kindl (not his wrist) & Jonas Gustavsson (shoulder)

Forwards

Taylor Hall Ryan Nugent-Hopkins Jordan Eberle
Benoit Pouliot Derek Roy Teddy Purcell
Nail Yakupov Anton Lander Matt Fraser
Matt Hendricks Boyd Gordon Rob Klinkhammer


Defensemen

Andrew Ference Jeff Petry
Oscar Klefbom Justin Schultz
Nikita Nikitin Mark Fayne


Goaltenders

Ben Scrivens (starting)
Viktor Fasth


OILERS THE MATCH-UP RED WINGS
9-22-9 (27 pts; Last in NHL) Record 20-10-9 (49 pts; 3rd in Atlantic)
2.18 (27th in NHL) Goals Per Game 2.77 (14th in NHL)
3.30 (29th) Goals Against Per Game 2.36 (6th)
12.6% (29th) Power Play % 23.1% (4th)
86.2% (5th) Penalty Kill % 86.9% (4th)
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (11 goals) Goal Leader Tomas Tatar (16 goals)
Two tied with 24 points Points Leader Henrik Zetterberg (33 points)

  • The Red Wings are 61-36-13-11 (W-L-T-OTL) all-time in the regular season against the Edmonton Oilers.
  • Last 10 Games: Edmonton 2-4-4, Detroit 3-4-3
  • Jimmy Howard is 10-1-2 with a 1.87 GAA, .928 SV% and 2 shutouts in 13 career games against the Oilers.


Let's Go Red Wings.