The Detroit Red Wings faceoff against the Edmonton Oilers today at 2 p.m. ET.
Today marks the first game in a five game home stand for the Red Wings. The Wings are coming off of another big win against the Blues, which saw their 3rd and 4th lines finally being to produce points for the team. Before the Blues game, the Wings bottom six forwards had only accounted for 1 point on the stat sheet courtesy of Patrick Eaves. The Red Wings will be looking for their bottom lines to once again contribute against the Oilers.
The Edmonton Oilers are heading into the game riding a 4 game losing streak, but only one of those games ended in regulation. Edmonton boasts a young and very talented line-up, which the Red Wings will have to keep a close eye on. Rookie Nail Yakupov leads the team with 5 goals in 10 games, but he is not the only dangerous player lining up for the Oilers; Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Jordan Eberle, and Ales Hemsky are all capable of taking over a game. The Wings will have to control the puck and take away the Oilers’ shooting lanes in order to win this one.
After a big win the St. Louis, Petr Mrazek will head back to charting faceoffs for the Red Wings. Here is to hoping he will receive another start before heading back to Grand Rapids.
The Red Wings depth forwards are now producing for the Red Wings. After an eight point night against the Blues, expect them to continue to produce for the team on a consistent basis. Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk cannot carry the team every game like they had done the previous games.
Detroit’s special teams is still terrible and it does not look like it will be getting better any time soon. Check out our article on the Wings special teams HERE.
Johan Franzen could be entering this game angry after receiving a check from behind from Perron in the Blues game and an angry Franzen tends to score goals.
Prediction: After a game off Jimmy Howard comes in ready to take on the Edmonton Oilers. The Wings top two lines hold off the young guns on the Oilers and the bottom to line put the points on the board. Red Wings victory 3-1.