Preview: Red Wings Look To Strike Oil in Edmonton

March 7, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Red Wings center Henrik Zetterberg (40) skates with the puck as Edmonton Oilers left wing Ryan Smyth (94) defends in the third period at Joe Louis Arena. Detroit won 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

The Detroit Red Wings face-off against the Edmonton Oilers tonight at 9:30 p.m. EDT.

The Wings have dropped three straight games to inferior opponents and will be looking to rebound against the young core of the Oilers. The Wings beat the Oilers in Detroit on the 7th of March because of consistency and strong defensive play, which they have been lacking since that victory.

Edmonton is coming off of two strong victories and have scored 10 goals in the past two games. The Wings will have to lock down their defense and hope that the Oilers used up their goals for tonight’s game. Edmonton’s goaltending has not been overly impressive, so the Red Wings will need to get a lot of shots on net.

Projected Line-up

Forwards

Valtteri Filppula – Henrik Zetterberg – Damien Brunner

Johan Franzen – Pavel Datsyuk – Justin Abdelkader

Gustav Nyquist – Joakim Andersson – Daniel Cleary

Drew Miller – Cory Emmerton – Patrick Eaves

Defensemen

Niklas Kronwall – Jonathan Ericsson

Kyle Quincey – Brendan Smith

Brian Lashoff – Jakub Kindl

Goaltender

Jimmy Howard

 After recovering from the Flu Jimmy Howard is back in net.

Ian White who was recovering from nausea could rejoin the Red Wings line-up tonight as well.

So much for Babcock stating the Nyquist would split time with Abdelkader on Datsyuk’s wing, as he saw no time there against Calgary.

The goal droughts or Datsyuk, Zetterberg, and Brunner continued for another game.

Prediction: The Red Wings regain some traction in the Western standings tonight. Red Wings victory 3-2.

Topics: Detroit Red Wings

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