The road trip continues for the Red Wings as they head to Oil Country to battle the Oilers on Hockey Night in Canada.
What: Detroit Red Wings at Edmonton Oilers
When: 10 p.m. tonight
Where: Rexall Place, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
TV: Fox Sports Detroit, CBC
Records: The Red Wings are 8-4-2; the Oilers are 3-9-2
Coaches: Mike Babcock is 453-240-19-92 in his 11th season as a head coach, and 384-178-77 in his ninth season with the Red Wings. Dallas Eakins is 3-9-2 in his first season in the NHL with the Oilers
Season Series: The Red Wings went 3-0-0 against the Oilers last season. Two of the three meetings were decided by one goal.
|Henrik Zetterberg||Pavel Datsyuk||Todd Bertuzzi|
|Daniel Cleary||Stephen Weiss||Daniel Alfredsson|
|Tomas Tatar||Joakim Andersson||Justin Abdelkader|
|Drew Miller||Darren Helm||Patrick Eaves|
|Niklas Kronwall||Danny DeKeyser|
|Kyle Quincey||Brendan Smith|
|Jakub Kindl||Brian Lashoff|
|Petr Mrazek (starting)|
Nail Yakupov – Sam Gagner – Ales Hemsky
Ryan Jones - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins – Jordan Eberle
Mark Arcobello – Boyd Gordon - Anton Lander
Luke Gazdic - Will Acton - Ben Eager
Ladislav Smid - Jeff Petry
Anton Belov - Phillip Larsen
Nick Schultz - Andrew Ference
Devan Dubnyk (starter)
Red Wings Update: The Wings are coming off of a 4-3 win over the Calgary Flames last night. Four different players scored in the win. Pavel Datsyuk leads the way in scoring with 14 points in 14 games. Henrik Zetterberg leads in the goal department with seven on the year. Johan Franzen (flu) and Jonathan Ericsson (shoulder) are both out, but Darren Helm will make his return after being out of game action since January. Petr Mrazek will start in goal tonight.
Oilers Update: Outside of the Buffalo Sabres, the Oilers have been the biggest mess in the NHL. The most recent outing was a 4-0 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday. Mark Acrobello, Jordan Eberle, and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins lead the team in scoring with ten points each. Nugent-Hopkins' four goals lead the team in that area. Injuries have been a reason for the Oilers' struggles, as Taylor Hall (knee), David Perron (back/neck), Justin Schultz (groin/rib), and Jesse Joensuu (undisclosed) are all out. Devan Dubnyk gets the start in net for the Oilers, who are dead last in goals allowed.
Players to Watch:
Darren Helm: Helm makes his return to action for the first time since January 25. The Wings need him to stay healthy this season, as he is now the best fourth-line center in the NHL, as Babcock would put it.
Pavel Datsyuk: Besides averaging a point per game, he also scored the game-winner in overtime in the last meeting with the Oilers.
Petr Mrazek: He will make his third career start tonight, and is no stranger to some of the Oilers, as a good portion have seen Mrazek while they were in Oklahoma City and faced the Grand Rapids Griffins.
Jordan Eberle: A highly underrated center whose stock is on the rise.
Mark Acrobello: He has no goals this season, but has ten assists. He could find the back of the net at any time.
Prediction: The Oilers need a win, but just don't have the horses. It all sets up for the Wings to get six out of a possible six points in Canada's "Bermuda Triangle" for the first time since 2011.
Make It: Red Wings 3, Oilers 1.
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