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Morning Skate: Oilers at Red Wings Line Combinations, Start Time, TV Schedule

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Walter Tychnowicz-USA TODAY Sports

7:30p ET, Joe Louis Arena

Detroit, Michigan

TV: Fox Sports Detroit Plus, Sportsnet West

Radio: 97.1 The Ticket

Oilers Blog: Copper & Blue

The Red Wings opened their 6-game homestand with a solid performance against the Boston Bruins, but unfortunately they were unable to seal the deal, and came away with only 1 point in a 3-2 OT loss.

Edmonton is in the midst of a road trip that saw them drop a 4-1 decision to the Carolina Hurricanes the other night, a game in which Nail Yakupov was lost due to an ankle injury off a weird play. The Oilers are already missing Connor McDavid with a shoulder injury, and they have found themselves in their usual place as the worst team in the NHL. However, one of their 7 victories this season came against the Wings earlier this year when they beat Detroit 3-1 in Edmonton.

For Detroit, they have continued to play better recently, and have points in 5 straight games. Unfortunately, they have allowed their opponent to tie the game late in the third period twice in a row, which is part of a trend going back the last couple of years where they have been unable to put teams away and earn regulation victories.

After several games against quality opponents, it's possible the Wings may let their guard down against a team they should beat handily. Hopefully they don't play down to their opponent.

The Expected Lineups (Subject To Change)

Forwards

Justin Abdelkader Henrik Zetterberg Dylan Larkin
Tomas Tatar Riley Sheahan Gustav Nyquist
Brad Richards Pavel Datsyuk Teemu Pulkkinen
Drew Miller Luke Glendening Darren Helm

Defensemen

Niklas Kronwall Mike Green
Danny DeKeyser Jonathan Ericsson
Alexey Marchenko Brendan Smith

Goaltenders

Jimmy Howard
Petr Mrazek

Scratches: Jakub Kindl, Joakim Andersson, Tomas Jurco (still in Grand Rapids)

Injuries: Johan Franzen, Kyle Quincey

The Expected Oilers Lineup

Forwards

Taylor Hall Leon Draisaitl Jordan Eberle
Lauri Korpikoski Ryan Nugent-Hopkins Teddy Purcell
Benoit Pouliot Mark Letestu Matt Hendricks
Luke Gazdic Anton Lander Iiro Pakarinen

Defensemen

Darnell Nurse Andrej Sekera
Oscar Klefbom Mark Fayne
Brandon Davidson Eric Gryba

Goaltenders

Cam Talbot (starting)
Anders Nilsson

Fun Facts!

Red Wings all-time record against Edmonton: 63-37-13-11

Red Wings goals for per game (GF/G) against the Oilers: 3.63

Red Wings goals against per game (GA/G) against the Oilers: 3.23

Let's Go Red Wings!!!

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Game Day Prediction Contest

Would you like to predict the outcome of the game and potentially become internet famous? Well you're in luck, because here's your opportunity. Here's how it works.

Make your game predictions on the winning team, final score, and who the Wings player of the game will be. Enter the required information into the form below using the formats indicated in the questions. If you don't use those formats, your answers will be disregarded. All submissions are timestamped and will be accepted only until the official game start time. All other submissions after that will be disregarded. Only one submission per person, please. POTG will be determined by the collective of WiiM writers.

Each correct winning team prediction is worth 1 point. Each correct player of the game prediction is worth 2 points. Each correct final score prediction is worth 5 points. If you get all three correct you'll receive 15 points.