O Yahweh, remember what happened to us in Carolina!
We have been disgraced again!
Remember that our inheritance was turned over
to those who don't know icing from offside,
that our Cup was handed over
We are now like helpless orphans,
like old widows with nowhere to turn for help.
We're forced to pay eight dollars for beer,
and even pizza made from cardboard is expensive!
Those above us in the standings show us no mercy,
and though sick of losing, we are given no rest.
There is no doubt that this team will be defeated by Babylon and Assyria,
that the Wings and Devils will destroy them again.
But it is the managers who have sinned, yet they remain alive!
And we are suffering through the punishment that they deserve.
Edmonton Oilers (4-7-2) @9-3-1)
Joe Louis Arena, 5:30 p.m. MST
Television: Sportsnet Edmonton
More analysis after the jump...
Visiting Team Scouting Report:
The Oilers have seen the Red Wings once already this season, but they've switched up their lines and pairings since that outing (as have the Oilers). Still, in that game Mike Babcock tried to go for a power vs. power matchup with Datsyuk, Zetterberg, and Holmstrom taking on Horcoff, Hemsky, and Hall. It seems likely that he'll be going for that match again, but should get it more easily at home than he did on the road. He'll also be looking at a top line that features Gagner instead of the injured Horcoff. After that, Tom Renney can probably count on Penner and co. seeing the Wings' second line, and Mike Modano's third unit to run over the leftovers. Should the Wings somehow fall behind and we see Babcock decide to find his top guys more favourable matchups, we just might get a chance to see a sequel to The Shift.
Edmonton Oilers (4-7-2):
Hall - Gagner - Hemsky
Penner - Cogliano - Eberle
Paajarvi - Brule - Jones
Fraser - Stortini
Whitney - Peckham
Smid - Foster
Strudwick - Gilbert
Detroit Red Wings (9-3-1)
Zetterberg - Datsyuk - Holmstrom
Hudler - Filppula - Franzen
Bertuzzi - Modano - Cleary
Abdelkader - Helm - Miller
Lidstrom - Stuart
Ericsson - Rafalski
Kronwall - Salei
By the Numbers:
- Another indication that Gilbert might be off his game so far this season? In 258 career games before the start of this season Gilbert had only taken a total of 30 minor penalties, or one penalty for every 11.6 games. But through 13 games in 2010-11, Gilbert has already taken eight minor penalties, or one penalty for every 1.6 games.
- some of the tougher competition that league has to offerhad trouble picking just one