IN-GAME BLOG: Oilers at Red Wings
Minute-by-minute updates from Edmonton's road contest in Detroit
The Edmonton Oilers take on Detroit for the second time this season and second time at Joe Louis Arena. We'll be updating the action from the game as it happens. We'll also be adding photos, videos from big plays and more throughout the game.
The only lineup change for the Oilers is Chris VandeVelde will play. As a result, Ben Eager will not. Ryan Jones moves to the fourth line with VandeVelde and Mike Brown. Ryan Smyth slides from centre on line four to left wing on line three with Eric Belanger and Nail Yakupov.
Line Combinations (and defence pairings) for the Oilers:
Paajarvi - Gagner - Eberle
Hall - Nugent-Hopkins - Hemsky
Smyth - Belanger - Yakupov
Jones - VandeVelde - Brown
N.Schultz - J.Schultz
Smid - Petry
Potter - Whitney
20:00: Tonight's game is now underway.
19:04: The Oilers penalty killers were tested early as Taylor Hall received two minutes for hooking only 54 seconds into the game but the Red Wings weren't able to generate much in the way of chances.
|Smart play by Yakupov on last change. Was heading to bench and realized no one was left in the middle of the ice, so stuck around.
13:42: Cory Emmerton has Detroit's best chance of the opening period, a wrist shot from the left circle. He also tries to go five-hole but Dubnyk does a good job smothering the puck without a rebound.
2:41: Kyle Quincey has the puck in a great position to score at the top of the left circle and a clear lane to the net but wired it wide and out of the rink.
0:00: Shots on goal after one period of play are 8 to 6 in favour of Detroit.
Oilers outhit the Red Wings 10 to 5 in the opening period. ... Centre Johan Franzen led all skaters with 7:59 of icetime in the first. ... Among Oilers, Jeff Petry had 7:21 of icetime.
20:00: Second period is now underway.
17:26: Mike Brown dropped the gloves with Jordin Tootoo in a quick but spirited bout. Brown got a bunch of quick punches in early in the fight to gain the edge.
16:44: Detroit gets on the board first. While tied up in the slot, Jakub Kindl swatted at the puck and it managed to beat Dubnyk through the five hole. | DET 1, EDM 0
14:15: Jeff Petry from the point makes a great move, faking a shot to create a lane and then blasting it on Howard. The Red Wings netminder did a good job controlling the rebound.
13:57: Ales Hemsky blocks a shot on the side of his foot and goes down injured. He manages to struggle back to his feet and plays in the Oilers zone for another 30 seconds before skating gingerly to the bench. He then went to the Oilers dressing room for repairs.
|Hemsky going to
7:41: Detroit extends its lead after Emmerton fire a shot from the slot top corner past Dubnyk after a dominant series of chances from the Red Wings deep in the Edmonton zone. | DET 2, EDM 0
0:00: Shots on goal after 40 minutes were 23 to 13 for the host Red Wings.
20:00: The third period is now underway.
|No Ales Hemsky on
10:34: Detroit spent a sequence of about 150 seconds where they cycled the puck deep in the Oilers zone burning precious seconds off the clock.
10:28: Oilers call a time out.
8:16: Hall, Eberle and Nugent-Hopkins have a good shift generating several chances and keeping the puck pinned deep in the Red Wings zone.
2:05: Devan Dubnyk is pulled for the extra attacker.
1:55: Damien Brunner fires a shot at the empty net and just narrowly misses to the right side of the post.
1:22: Brunner again takes a try at the empty net and again misses the mark for an icing call. The Red Wings take a timeout.
1:10: Justin Abdelkader adds an empty-net goal. | DET 3, EDM 0