Detroit
Red Wings
51-21-10
Edmonton
Oilers
38-35-9

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Oilers battle Red Wings on Pay Per View

Thursday, 11.20.2008 / 5:00 PM

DETROIT RED WINGS (12-2-3) at

EDMONTON OILERS (9-8-2)

Start Time: 7:08 p.m. MST

Television: Molson Canadian Oilers Pay Per View | Order Now

Radio: 630 CHED, Oilers Radio Network and online at edmontonoilers.com.Today's Game Notes  by Nick Conrad | edmontonoilers.com

There was a feeling in Oilertown; a feeling that this Edmonton team was on a precarious precipice.

Players were mired in scoring slumps, tensions were heightened as players sat out games and the team lost Fernando Pisani to a broken ankle.

While those feelings may not be completely dispelled, a new aura of positivism has crept back into the fold. A seven goal offensive explosion will tend to do that.

On Tuesday, after being shut out by Detroit on Monday, the Oilers came together and destroyed the Blue Jackets. Shawn Horcoff had three points; Ales Hemsky has three assists; Dustin Penner scored his fourth goal in his first game back from a mandatory (and much publicized) two-game break; Dwayne Roloson made 37 saves. And then there was Sheldon Souray.

“He’s worth the price of admission,” Craig MacTavish said.

“Showcase” Sheldon Souray had a goal and two assists to bring his scoring total to 6-8-14—tied for second among defencemen in goals and tied for fifth among defencemen in points.

The Oilers will need to ride the offensive wave into Rexall Place if they’re to get revenge against the Wings tonight.

The Red Wings come into Edmonton with a league-low two regulation losses and are second in the Western Conference with 27 points.

Edmonton will have a five-day break after tonight’s tilt, their longest of the season excluding the All-Star break.

Just The Facts...

The Answers

Pre-Game Video...

Bob Stauffer and Mark Spector preview tonight's game Pre-game comments from Shawn Horcoff, Marc Pouliot & Craig MacTavish Ladislav Smid moves up to left wing Pre-Game Audio... Ladislav Smid Shawn Horcoff Marc Pouliot Craig MacTavish Bob Stauffer & Mark Spector        

Wednesday's Video: Dwayne Roloson Dustin Penner

Craig MacTavish

News Update...

Horcoff's Hereos launches today - The Oilers assistant captain has purchased a block of tickets that has been donated to local charities in Oil Country. For 20 of the Oilers remaining 36 home games this season - beginning with Thursday night’s game against the Detroit Red Wings - the “HORCOFF’S HEROES” program will see 15 children experience an NHL game in person as a guest of Horcoff and the Oilers. ...more

The Other Side

Three Questions: Wings-Oilers - Michael Caples breaks down the match-up ...more

From the Fans

Click here to read today's gameday thread on the Oilers message board.

Odds and Ends

Ask an Oiler: Ethan Moreau - The next guest on Ask an Oiler will be Oilers captain Ethan Moreau. Follow the link to ask Moreau a question today! | Blog: How to 'Ask an Oiler' | ...more 5 Questions with Sam Gagner - What do Bob Barker and Donatello have in common? If you're Sam Gagner, they both rank at the top of his must-see TV list. Click the link for Sam's answers to three other hard-hitting questions. ...more Skills Competition Tickets now on sale! - The Edmonton Oilers Skill competition, powered by McDonald’s, skates into Rexall Place January 4th 2009 at 1 pm. Tickets are now on sale. The event sold out last year so get yours today! | Tickets | Skills Competition Video Channel ...more

From the Wire (AP)

The Edmonton Oilers face the tough task of slowing down the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday at home, something they couldn't do earlier in the week in Detroit.

The Red Wings (12-2-3) are riding a three-game winning streak as they open a three-game road trip, and have gone 5-0-1 in their last six. If not for a blown three-goal lead in the third period Nov. 11 against Pittsburgh, Detroit could have made it six in a row with Monday's 4-0 victory over the Oilers (9-8-2).

With backup goalie - and former Oiler - Ty Conklin stopping 21 shots, the Red Wings earned their first shutout of the season. Conklin and Chris Osgood have allowed eight goals in the last five victories.

Detroit has leaned on Conklin (5-1-0, 2.47 goals-against average) lately, giving him consecutive starts. He has responded by winning both and giving up two goals.

"It's nice for everybody. We've been scoring a lot of goals and winning a lot of games, but we want to be better in our end and cut down the number of goals," Conklin said. "This is most probably as solid of a 60-minute effort, especially defensively, as we've had all year."

Should Conklin get a third straight start, he will look for his second win in three tries over Edmonton, where he spent the first three seasons of his career. In his only other meeting with the Oilers on Jan. 31, 2007, he tied a career high by giving up five goals in a 5-2 loss for the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Osgood has gone 16-8-3 with four ties and a 2.26 GAA versus the Oilers. His GAA is 2.60 in Edmonton, where Osgood has a 6-5-2 mark with one tie.

Red Wings right wing Johan Franzen scored for the fifth straight game Monday and fourth since returning from a sprained left knee on Nov. 11. Defenseman Niklas Kronwall extended his point streak to four games with a goal and an assist, while Henrik Zetterberg added two assists.

It was the first time Franzen scored in his last eight games against the Oilers, but Zetterberg has 12 goals and seven assists in the last 18 meetings, including a five-game goal streak in the 2006 playoffs.

Marian Hossa, who leads the Red Wings with 23 points, saw a streak of four consecutive two-point games end Monday.

Edmonton rebounded from that Detroit loss with a 7-2 win Tuesday at Columbus. Seven players contributed to the season-high seven goals, and the victory snapped a three-game losing streak for the Oilers, who have gone 3-4-1 over their last eight.

"We haven't won one like that this year," Edmonton coach Craig MacTavish said. "We capitalized on our all chances after we didn't capitalize on any (versus Detroit)."

Edmonton, near the bottom of the NHL in penalty killing at 75.9 percent, faces one of the league's best power-play units in the Red Wings (32.4). The Oilers have allowed six power-play goals in their last four games and Detroit has scored at least one in four consecutive contests, going 7-for-19 over that span.

The Red Wings have gone 8-for-30 on the power play in the last six meetings with the Oilers, scoring at least once with the man advantage in each game.

Detroit and Edmonton have split their last four matchups with both of the Oilers' wins coming 4-3 in a shootout.

2008-2009 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Mar 24 '09DET 3 at EDM 2V. Filppula
Feb 07 '09EDM 3 at DET 8M. Hossa
Nov 20 '08DET 4 at EDM 3J. Hudler
Nov 17 '08EDM 0 at DET 4N. Kronwall
PlayerGPGAP+/-PIMPPGW
M. Hossa18101323+81622
H. Zetterberg1610818+21052
P. Datsyuk1861218+5220
J. Hudler1861016-2221
M. Samuelsson1841216+11620
B. Rafalski1831215-21020
N. Lidstrom1821214+3420
T. Holmstrom177613+8451
J. Franzen139312+01034
N. Kronwall1721012+21811
V. Filppula18257-11400
D. Cleary13246-31400
T. Kopecky18123+01010
A. Lilja16033+11900
K. Maltby17112+01400
B. Stuart17022+11200
B. Lebda15022-7400
D. Meech7022-1600
D. McCarty11101-22000
K. Draper18011-8600
D. Helm2000+0000
GoalieGPRec.GASAGAASv%
C. Osgood128-1-3403363.29.881
T. Conklin65-1-0151742.47.914
PlayerGPGAP+/-PIMPPGW
A. Hemsky2051621-1611
S. Souray197815+23040
L. Visnovsky204812+31621
S. Horcoff205611+21430
T. Gilbert202911-31010
E. Moreau205510+13701
A. Cogliano20549-11021
D. Grebeshkov17178-21400
E. Cole20347-22910
R. Nilsson20347-51021
F. Pisani16246-2400
D. Penner18415+7802
S. Gagner19145-3810
M. Pouliot20134+0001
K. Brodziak19213+0200
J. Strudwick17033-11100
S. Staios18112+11700
L. Smid9022+11300
L. Reddox4101+1400
Z. Stortini11000-33900
S. MacIntyre10000-12400
J. Boulerice2000+0000
T. Peckham1000-21700
GoalieGPRec.GASAGAASv%
D. Roloson93-3-2252863.02.913
M. Garon83-5-0252263.41.889
J. Deslauriers53-1-0111512.44.927