Red Wings-Oilers Preview
DETROIT RED WINGS (9-2-1) at
EDMONTON OILERS (5-7-0)
7:38 p.m. MDT
Molson Canadian Oilers PPV (broadcast starts at 7:30 p.m.)
630 CHED, Oilers Radio Network and online at edmontonoilers.com.
The Edmonton Oilers return to Rexall Place tonight for another brief two-game homestand as they face the Detroit Red Wings.
The Oilers have a record of 5-7-0 on the season so far and despite their below .500 status have been able to stay with the pack as far as the Western Conference playoff race is concerned in this young season.
In their last game, the Oilers came scored a late shorthanded goal by Andrew Cogliano
to force overtime before winning in the shootout over the Anaheim Ducks 3-2 on Sunday night. The win gave the club a split on their two-game Southern California road trip.
Detroit has once again shown that they are the class of the league. They come into tonight’s game having won five straight and currently sit first overall in the NHL with 19 points and a record of 9-2-1.
In their previous meeting earlier this season, Detroit defeated Edmonton 4-2 at Joe Louis Arena back on October 8.
Just The Facts...
LINEUP UPDATE (12:03 PM):
Following the morning skate, it looked like Dick Tarnstrom and Marc Pouliot will be drawing back into the lineup. Zack Stortini
and Mathieu Roy will be healthy scratches... Tarnstrom will pair up with Smid while Pouliot slots in with Sanderson and Cogliano... Dwayne Roloson will be starting in goal again for the Oilers but MacTavish did note in his post-practice comments that Garon will get another start very soon.
POWER OF PINK: The Oilers Ladies will once again sell autographed Oilers ballcaps for $20 to raise funds for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. A total of 10,000 autographed hats will go on-sale prior to tonight’s game. The Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation has also launched a Power of Pink Online Auction which will take bids until 9:00 PM (MST) on Monday, November 5th. The auction will include game-worn jerseys, sticks and helmets from tonight’s game as well as game worn pink ties autographed by the coaches and more. Visit www.edmontonoilers.com to place your bid.
TONIGHT'S GAME ON MOLSON CANADIAN OILERS PPV:
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OILERS TO WATCH: Tom Gilbert
ranks first in the NHL among rookie defencemen in goals with two and is third in overall rookie blueliner scoring with three points… With two shorthanded goals so far this year, Andrew Cogliano
is the only rookie in the NHL with a shorthanded marker. His most recent came last game with the Oilers down by a goal and time ticking off late in the third period… Ales Hemsky
is currently on a three-game scoring streak. In those three games, Hemsky has three goals and one assist for four points. He also has two shootout goals in the last three games.
RED WINGS TO WATCH:
Although goaltender Dominik Hasek is injured, the Red Wings haven’t missed a beat with backup Chris Osgood. In fact, Osgood has been better than Hasek so far this year. Osgood has won each of his five games played this season and has a 1.60 goals-against average and .930 save percentage… Henrik Zetterberg is making up for last year’s disappointing season in a big way. He is currently the league’s leading point-getter with 21 points in 12 games. His 12 assists is also tied for the league lead and with nine goals he ranks second in that category.
Edmonton – Ethan Moreau (ankle) is questionable. Joni Pitkanen (knee) is out. Sheldon Souray
(shoulder) is out; Detroit – Dominik Hasek (hip) is out. Johan Franzen (knee) is out. Dallas Drake (fractured cheek bone) is out. Kyle Quincy (hand) is out.
With three shootout victories, Edmonton is the only team in the league so far with more than one shootout win. Sam Gagner
, Ales Hemsky
and Minnesota’s Petteri Nummelin are the only three players with more than one shootout goal as they have two apiece… Despite their dominance so far this season, Detroit has ordinary special teams. Their power play is ranked 14th in the league at 19.3% and their penalty kill is 9th at 85.7%... Edmonton’s penalty kill is ranked 11th at 85.4% while the Oilers power play is last in the league at 6.3%... Detroit is one of seven NHL teams who have yet to have a rookie play for them this season.
Oilers a shootout success so far in 07-08 -
Only one team has more than one shootout victory this NHL season and that team will be taking the ice at Rexall Place tonight. And they don’t have two shootout wins, they have three. ...more
Oilers use Power of Pink to Fight Breast Cancer -
Tonight, the Oilers Foundation and Oilers Ladies will sell 10,000 autographed Oilers ballcaps for $20 to raise funds for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. ...more
The Other Side
- Rafalski talks to youth skaters Red Wings defenceman Brian Rafalski talks to young hockey players prior to a recent Red Wings home game. WATCH
Item of the Game
Each game, a different item is featured at The Oilers Store at Rexall Place.
Tonight's item is a Ladies Pink Ice Jersey (Reg: $74.99, Now $59.99).
From the Fans
Odds and Ends
- Meet Sam Gagner - Profile from NHL.com on Oilers rookie Sam Gagner. ...more
- VIDEO: Power of Pink - Oilers players signed 10,000 hats for next Tuesday's Power of Pink promotion versus Detroit. WATCH