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Under the Scope: Oilers at Red Wings

An in-depth look at Edmonton's 2-1 setback in Detroit

Saturday, 09.02.2013 / 4:43 PM / Cenovus Game Story
By Ryan Frankson  - edmontonoilers.com
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Under the Scope: Oilers at Red Wings


Rookie defenceman Justin Schultz scored his fourth power-play goal of the season and Nikolai Khabibulin returned to the net with a 28-save performances, but the Edmonton Oilers dropped a 2-1 decision to the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday afternoon at Joe Louis Arena. The slim defeat was Edmonton's fifth consecutive loss, dropping their record to 4-4-3 on the year, though they've earned three single points during that span. 

Take a closer look at the game as we go Under The Scope:

The Oilers were one-for-six on the power play against Detroit, but no missed opportunity was more costly than the five-on-three advantage they had early in the third period. Shortly after the Red Wings returned to full strength, Chris VandeVelde took a hooking penalty leading to Niklas Kronwall's game-winning PPG with 13:52 to go in regulation. 


4 Power-play goals this season for Oilers blueliner Justin Schultz, the most of any rookie in the NHL this season.
364 Days since Nikolai Khabibulin's last victory, which came on last year's Hockey Day In Canada game in Ottawa.
34 Oilers faceoff percentage against the Red Wings as Edmonton continues to have trouble garnering success in the dot.
5 Hits for Ladislav Smid, accounting for more than one-third of the team's body-checks, as the Oilers recorded 15 versus Detroit.


Pavel Datsyuk
G A PTS +/- PIM
1 1 2 E 0


Nikolai Khabibulin
SA SV GA TOI SV%
30 28 2 57:34 .933


Henrik Zetterberg
G A PTS +/- PIM
0 2 2 E 4

 
RED WINGS
Jimmy Howard
SA SV GA TOI SV%
24 23 1 59:59 .958

OILERS
Nikolai Khabibulin
SA SV GA TOI SV%
30 28 2 57:34 .933



 
RED WINGS
Jonathan Ericsson - D

24:00 - 0 PTS, E rating

OILERS
Justin Schultz- D

25:50 - 1 PTS, E rating

Nikolai Khabibulin hadn't started game since March 30, 2012, but you wouldn't have known it with the phenomenal pad save he made point-blank on Damien Brunner late in the middle frame, leading to Justin Schultz's power-play goal.

Red Wings superstar Pavel Datsyuk was a force all game long, scoring the opening goal on the power play and setting up Kronwall's power-play game-winner. He also logged 21:23 of ice time, 4:34 shorthanded, and went 13-for-18 in the faceoff dot.


Oilers winger Teemu Hartikainen logged 16:48 of ice time against Detroit, recorded a takeaway and tallied an assist on Justin Schultz's goal while also providing a crucial screen in front of goalie Jimmy Howard on the play.


The Red Wings have now earned at least a single point in 23 of their last 24 meetings with the Oilers. Detroit has a 16-1-7 record during that time, with Edmonton's lone win during that span coming in December 2009.


"He really came to compete and was a leader in this game. He gave us a chance to win, and he deserved a win."

– Oilers Head Coach Ralph Krueger on goalie Nikolai Khabibulin






Sunday, February 10 at Columbus 
4:00pm MST
(SPORTSNET WEST / 630 CHED)

The Oilers depart Detroit and make a short flight south to Columbus for Sunday's contest against the Blue Jackets at 4pm (Sportsnet West, 630 CHED). The next Oilers home game is Tuesday against the Dallas Stars at 7:30pm (Sportsnet West, 630 CHED). It's the second meeting in a week at Rexall Place for the Oilers and Stars, as Dallas won 3-2 in OT on Wednesday.