February 9, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Red Wings center Henrik Zetterberg (40) tries to score on Edmonton Oilers goalie Nikolai Khabibulin (35) in the third period at Joe Louis Arena. Detroit won 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Preview: Red Wings Want To Mop Up The Oilers In Detroit

The Detroit Red Wings host the Edmonton Oilers at The Joe, tonight at 7:30 p.m. ET.

The Red Wings looked solid against the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday, but will need to be better if they want to beat the Oilers. The defensive lapses they had against the Avs need to be shut against a better team in the Oilers. If any of Edmonton’s young guns have an opportunity like John Mitchell had against Howard, it is a guaranteed goal.

Edmonton is heading into Detroit on a three game slide and have lost four of their past five games on the road. The ever dangerous forwards, Taylor Hall, Sam Gagner, and Jordan Eberle are looking to turn around the Oilers bad fortune of late and the Wings defense will have to pay close attention to them.

Projected Line-up

Johan Franzen – Henrik Zetterberg – Damien Brunner

Daniel Cleary – Pavel Datsyuk – Justin Abdelkader

Tomas Tatar – Joakim Andersson – Patrick Eaves

Drew Miller – Cory Emmerton – Jordin Tootoo

Defense:

Niklas Kronwall – Jonathan Ericsson

Kyle Quincey – Brendan Smith

Brian Lashoff – Jakub Kindl

Goaltender

Jimmy Howard

Jimmy Howard has been magnificent as of late, he looks more comfortable between the pipes and is making the big stops required of him.

Don’t look now, but Kyle Quincey is coming off of another solid game. His play has really picked up of late, but now that I have mentioned it he will suck again. Quincey is always trying to spite me.

Tomas Tatar joined Datsyuk’s wing for a short time in the second period before Abdelkader was placed back on the line. Abs has not done a good job on his wing and I would like to see either Tatar or Eaves given a shot to play with the Magician.

The snake-bitten Johan Franzen is no more. After a four game goal drought, he sniped a beauty past J.S. Giguere on Tuesday.

Random Fact – The Red Wings have scored only 5 goals in their past 4 games.

Prediction: Edmonton’s streak continues as the Wings snipers start to show up on the board. Red Wings victory 3-0.

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