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The inconsistent effort and play we saw from the Red Wings in October was not scared away on Halloween by the Red Wings victory over Arizona and reared its head in a 3-1 loss in Ottawa two days later. The Wings will look to find a more consistent approach starting tonight as they begin their Western Canada road trip taking on the equally inconsistent Edmonton Oilers.
It is no surprise to anyone that the Oilers are lead offensively by Connor “probably will win several Harts before he retires” McDavid. It is a little surprising though that it is often forgotten about now a days Ryan Nugent-Hopkins that is leading the team goals (albeit by one goal) over McDavid. What is very surprising is that Edmonton, a team almost everyone picked at the beginning of the season to be in the Stanley Cup Finals, have struggled early on in the season and actually find themselves tied for the second worst record in the NHL. Despite having the best player in the NHL today and several other dynamic offensive players, Edmonton has found it difficult to find goals with consistency early on. In twelve games this season they have registered two or less goals in eight times, winning only once.
That said, this is still a dangerous team with the type of speed and skill that has given the Red Wings issues this season. Despite Edmonton’s early struggles the Red Wings are going to need to put in a full 60 minutes to have a shot at skating away with two points tonight.
|Tomas Tatar||Henrik Zetterberg||Gustav Nyquist|
|Andreas Athanasiou||Dylan Larkin||Anthony Mantha|
|Darren Helm||Frans Nielsen||Justin Abdelkader|
|Scott Wilson||Luke Glendening||Martin Frk|
|Jonathan Ericsson||Trevor Daley|
|Xavier Ouellet||Mike Green|
|Niklas Kronwall||Nick Jensen|
Scratches: David Booth, Luke Witkowski
Injuries: Danny DeKeyser, Johan Franzen (LTIR)
|Patrick Maroon||Connor McDavid||Leon Draisaitl|
|Milan Lucic||Ryan Nugent-Hopkins||Anton Slepyshev|
|Drake Caggiula||Ryan Strome||Jussi Jokinen|
|Iiro Pakarinen||Mark Letestu||Zack Kassian|
|Darnell Nurse||Adam Larsson|
|Oscar Klefbom||Matt Benning|
|Yohann Auvitu||Kris Russell|
Injuries: Andrej Sekera
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.
First off, if you don't have an SBN Username, make one! We'd love to have you, plus it's much easier to track your predictions season-long. Then make your guess on the winning team, final score, and who the Red Wings player of the game will be. Enter the required information into the form below using the formats indicated. 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. Only one submission per person, please. The Red Wings 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 3 points. Each correct final score prediction is worth 5 points. If you get all three correct, you'll receive 15 points.