Morning Skate: Oilers at Red Wings Line Combinations, Start Time, TV Schedule
7:30p ET, Joe Louis Arena
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)
|Justin Abdelkader||Henrik Zetterberg||Dylan Larkin|
|Tomas Tatar||Riley Sheahan||Gustav Nyquist|
|Brad Richards||Pavel Datsyuk||Teemu Pulkkinen|
|Drew Miller||Luke Glendening||Darren Helm|
|Niklas Kronwall||Mike Green|
|Danny DeKeyser||Jonathan Ericsson|
|Alexey Marchenko||Brendan Smith|
Scratches: Jakub Kindl, Joakim Andersson, Tomas Jurco (still in Grand Rapids)
Injuries: Johan Franzen, Kyle Quincey
The Expected Oilers Lineup
|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|
|Darnell Nurse||Andrej Sekera|
|Oscar Klefbom||Mark Fayne|
|Brandon Davidson||Eric Gryba|
|Cam Talbot (starting)|
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!!!
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.