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Preview: Red Wings at Oilers

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 2:49 AM
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Preview: Red Wings at Oilers
Detroit Red Wings vs. Edmonton Oilers

DETROIT RED WINGS (48-16-9) at

EDMONTON OILERS (35-28-9)

Start Time: 7:38 p.m. MDT

Television: TSN (HD)

Radio: 630 CHED, Oilers Radio Network and online at edmontonoilers.com.Today's Game Notes | Oilers/Red Wings Head-to-Head | Stats Comparison Oilers Twitter Lineup Updates:

by Marc Ciampa & Jessica McPhee | edmontonoilers.com

The Edmonton Oilers return home for a quick game at home against the Detroit Red Wings before heading back out on the road.

If the regular season ended today, the post-season would begin with the Oilers and Red Wings facing off against each other but right now the Oilers can't be concerned with first round playoff previews.

Having picked up four of a possible six points on their recent three-game road trip, the Oilers sit three points up on the ninth-place Minnesota Wild and Anaheim Ducks but they need to continue winning if they hope to solidify that playoff spot.

The Detroit Red Wings are already in - having clinched the playoffs some time ago - but are in a battle for top spot in the Western Conference.

Detroit lost to the Calgary Flames 5-3 last night but prior to that had won four straight games and were unbeaten in six (4-0-2).

This is the fourth meeting of the season between Edmonton and Detroit. The Oilers lost the previous three, being outscored 16-6 including 8-3 in Detroit back on February 7.

Just The Facts...

The Answers

Pre-Game Video...

Bob Stauffer & Mark Spector preview tonights game Pre-game comments from Ethan Moreau, Shawn Horcoff, Marc Pouliot & Craig MacTavish The Other Side: Red Wings forward Tomas Holmstrom Pre-Game Audio... Shawn Horcoff Marc Pouliot Ethan Moreau Craig MacTavish Monday's Video:

Jordan Eberle and Steve Tambellini comment on Eberle's new contract

Post-practice comments from Ladislav Smid, Patrick O'Sullivan, Shawn Horcoff and Craig MacTavish. Monday's Audio: Shawn Horcoff Patrick O'Sullivan Ladislav Smid Craig MacTavish

News Update...

Oilers sign first round pick Eberle  - General Manager Steve Tambellini announced today the Edmonton Oilers have signed Jordan Eberle to a three-year NHL entry level contract. Eberle recently completed his third season of junior hockey with the WHL's Regina Pats. ...more

The Other Side - news from redwings.com

Red Wings set for another NHL mark - The Red Wings are two wins away from doing something no other NHL team has accomplished in 30 years. With 48 wins already, the earliest the Wings can reach the 50-win plateau for the fourth straight season is ... ...more Which teammate knows Drapes best? - Who knows Red Wings forward Kris Draper best -- Kirk Maltby or Chris Osgood? Hear what the man some teammates call "Braddock" would wish for if he were stranded on a deserted island. | Watch | ...more

From the Fans

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

Odds and Ends

Tom Gilbert's Blog: Road Trip & Boy's Night with Joey - Yesterday we came home from our three game road trip and except for the loss to the Wild it went really well. My mom and older brother were in Denver and Chicago with us so it was good to spend some time with them... ...more The LINK: Coach MacIntyre & Reddox - In this episode of The Link, Liam Reddox and Steve MacIntyre tried their hand at coaching at the Coca-Cola Ultimate Street Hockey event. We also follow a bunch of young hockey players from Inuvik, NWT on a trip of a lifetime. ...more Playoff Race Update: 3 Points behind 6th -Updated March 23 at 12:32 p.m. MDT. The Oilers are now three points behind sixth-place Columbus after dropping Sunday's game to the Wild. They're also three points ahead of ninth place Minnesota and Anaheim. ...more

From the Wire (AP)

A rare road loss in their last game kept the Detroit Red Wings from moving back into the top spot in the Western Conference.

The Red Wings have another chance to get there Tuesday night when they conclude a three-game trip by trying to sweep the season series from the Edmonton Oilers.

Detroit (48-16-9) had its four-game winning streak snapped with a 5-3 loss on Monday at Calgary. The result also ended the Red Wings' road winning streak at five, and kept them one point behind San Jose for first place in the West.

The Red Wings and Sharks continue to go back and forth for the top spot in the West and home-ice advantage throughout the conference playoffs. After this contest, Detroit plays just two of its final eight games on the road where it is 22-11-5 this season.

Despite their latest setback, the Red Wings could still be in good shape to bounce back. Though the Oilers (35-28-9) are seventh in the West, they have been outscored 16-6 in three losses to Detroit this season.

Detroit, which hasn't swept a season series from Edmonton since 1995-96, won 8-3 at home on Feb. 7 in the last meeting between the teams who could possibly face off in the first round of the playoffs.

Marian Hossa had a goal and assist and Niklas Kronwall added three assists for the Red Wings in that contest. Kronwall had two assists and Hossa one while Johan Franzen and Pavel Datsyuk scored in the loss to Calgary.

Kronwall has one goal and four assists in two games against the Oilers this season. Datsyuk, meanwhile, looks to extend his point streak to nine games after recording a goal in his third straight contest Monday.

Datsyuk is one goal shy of matching his career high of 31 from last season, and has two and one assist versus Edmonton in 2008-09.

Chris Osgood was pulled after allowing three goals on 14 shots against the Flames.

"You just move on and play the next game," Osgood said.

Though he had started the last five games for Detroit, Osgood is likely to give way to Ty Conklin in this contest.

Conklin made 11 saves and allowed a goal in relief of Osgood to fall to 24-9-2 with a 2.44 goals-against average. A former Oiler, Conklin is 2-0-0 with a 1.50 GAA against Edmonton this season, and made 21 saves in a 4-0 victory on Nov. 17.

The Oilers had their three-game winning streak snapped in a 3-0 loss at Minnesota on Sunday to conclude a three-game road trip.

Edmonton outshot the Wild 15-2 in the first period and finished with 31 shots, but was stymied by All-Star Niklas Backstrom after combining for 13 goals in its previous two games.

"You hate to see the 30-plus shot shutouts. That means you're getting pucks to the net," Oilers coach Craig MacTavish said. "If you're committed enough there you should be able to get some offense."

Dwayne Roloson made 33 saves, but has allowed seven goals in his last two contests. He is 26-18-9 with a 2.75 GAA in 2008-09 - but 0-2-0 with an 8.01 GAA against Detroit.

Edmonton's Sam Gagner scored four goals in his previous two games prior to Sunday, but has been held scoreless against the Red Wings this season.

2008-2009 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Mar 24 '09 DET 3 at EDM 2 V. Filppula
Feb 07 '09 EDM 3 at DET 8 M. Hossa
Nov 20 '08 DET 4 at EDM 3 J. Hudler
Nov 17 '08 EDM 0 at DET 4 N. Kronwall
PlayerGPGAP+/-PIMPPGW
P. Datsyuk73305989+3520113
H. Zetterberg69293867+1534125
M. Hossa68372966+2361106
B. Rafalski74104757+212051
J. Franzen63312455+1942118
J. Hudler74223254+61662
N. Lidstrom71133851+302884
N. Kronwall7244246+14231
M. Samuelsson73182139+54861
D. Cleary66142438+64233
V. Filppula72112738+133401
T. Holmstrom45141832+203681
T. Kopecky7161319-44412
K. Draper7371017-123802
B. Lebda5761016+94201
B. Stuart5911314+12400
A. Lilja6021113+136600
K. Maltby705611-82601
V. Leino13549+5601
D. Meech38257-121200
J. Ericsson11123+2400
A. Downey4112+0700
D. McCarty13101-22500
D. Helm16011-7400
C. Chelios23000+21200
J. Abdelkader2000+0000
GoalieGPRec.GASAGAASv%
T. Conklin3825-9-2869752.42.912
C. Osgood4024-6-712210483.18.884
J. Howard10-1-04284.07.857
PlayerGPGAP+/-PIMPPGW
A. Hemsky63213758-22042
S. Souray72212647+094104
S. Horcoff71163046+23782
P. O'Sullivan72152540-42221
T. Gilbert7343640+62221
A. Kotalik66152237-82881
A. Cogliano73171835-42034
S. Gagner67142135+14951
D. Penner70151934+65645
D. Grebeshkov6352833+73020
L. Visnovsky5082331+63051
R. Nilsson5991928+12641
E. Cole63161127-36351
E. Moreau68141125+212702
K. Brodziak71101424+42112
M. Pouliot6281220+12302
S. Staios7121113-68100
L. Reddox445712-31010
F. Pisani294711+21400
L. Smid5701111-55500
Z. Stortini465510-315400
J. Strudwick63279-16000
G. Brule11213-31201
R. Potulny8033+2000
R. Schremp4033+2200
S. MacIntyre20101-23600
J. Jacques3101+1000
T. Peckham10000-14800
J. Boulerice2000+0000
T. Sestito1000+0000
GoalieGPRec.GASAGAASv%
D. Roloson5626-19-914617342.75.916
M. Garon156-8-0434083.17.895
J. Deslauriers83-2-0252253.57.889