Red Wings vs. Oilers Gameday Updates, Line Combinations, Key Matchups

The Wings get ready for Edmonton tonight and have run through their practice in prep for the game. Diggers are confirming Howard and Talbot as your starters tonight.

Line Combinations


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


Jimmy Howard
Petr Mrazek

Power Play Units

  1. Tatar-Zetterberg-Nyquist-Abdelkader-Kronwall
  2. Pulkkinen-Datsyuk-Larkin-Richards-Green

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)
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!!!

Key Match-ups

Power vs. Power

The Oilers are missing two key pieces at the top of their lineup in Connor McDavid and now Nail Yakupov. They've still got a bunch of talent up top with Hall, Eberle, Nugent-Hopkins, and Draisatl, but the Wings have experience there. Detroit needs to play a smart game against speedy youngsters, and perhaps get another great game out of their own 19-year old phenom.

Wild Card Special Teams

Neither team is very good at special teams (except Detroit's penalty kill), so you'll get wildly different performances night in and night out. The Wings need to draw more penalties and take advantage of them, but have to keep Edmonton off the scoreboard with the recently very-effective PK.