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Detroit's in a rut. Edmonton is riding high
|12-10-5 1.07 p/g
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|Western Conf: 8th||Western Conf: 12th|
7:30 p.m. MDT | Sportsnet
Top Story: The Oilers have a four-game homestand, but lack a coach who can maximize the home ice advantage. The Red Wings are being embarrassed by the Blue Jackets and Flames. If the Oilers win, they can get back into the third tier of teams in the West - the group fighting for 8th.
The Opponent is saying:
"A source told MLive.com that the sides are inching closer to agreeing on a deal that would more than double Howard's current $2.25 million salary to the $5 million-a-year range. It is expected to be for at least six or seven years."
--Wings beat writer Ansar Khan on Jimmy Howard's next contract.
Hard to believe Ken Holland is throwing out a giant contract to a goalie.
The Oilers are saying:
"Right now I feel perfect."
--Nikolai Khabibulin, on his condition since recovering from injury.
Key matchup: Once great champion vs. up-and-comer group of kids. While the game would be far more interesting if the back up goalies were in net, the game will probably rest on Devan Dubnyk's shoulders.
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