Time: 7:00pm ET
Place: Little Caesars Arena
Radio: 97.1 FM The Ticket, 1270 AM
Oilers blog: Copper and Blue
The last time we saw the Red Wings, power play goals by Martin Frk and Michael Rasmussen early followed by a couple shorthanded goals from Justin Abdelkader and Trevor Daley (into the empty net) late propelled them to a 4-3 victory over the New Jersey Devils, the Red Wings’ third straight win. The bounces that were not going their way through the first 10 games have started going the Red Wings’ way over those this three-game win streak. On top of that this team is starting to show some spirit and fire on the ice along with some glimpses of the potential from the younger players that we hoped to see.
Tonight, the Red Wings will look to push their streak to four games as they welcome the Edmonton Oilers to LCA. Edmonton previews typically begin with Connor McDavid and this preview is no different. He is currently tied for 3rd in the league in points with 19 and has been every bit as good as you would expect him to be. Leading the forwards right behind McDavid is Leon Draisaitl (7goals, 14points) and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (3 goals, 14 points). The Oilers blueline is lead by Oscar Klefbom (5 points), Adam Larsson (4 points) and Darnell Nurse (5 points) and has done a fairly good job moving the puck up to the forwards and keeping it out of their own net.
On the Red Wings front, Danny DeKeyser returns to the lineup tonight (at the unfortunate expense of Jonathan Ericsson, who is out due to injury). The Red Wings will continue to look to the young players, namely Dylan Larkin, Anthony Mantha, Dennis Cholowski and Michael Rasmussen, to push the play and create offense.
This could be an offensively entertaining game if the Red Wings bring the same level of energy and the puck luck they have enjoyed the last three games.