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Oilers v. Red Wings - Zephaniah 2:1-3

Gather together, you pathetic Oilers.
Come on, bring it in you shameful people.
The appointed time is almost here
and God's chosen instrument is about to sweep us away.
Yahweh's anger is almost fully complete for another year,
his unending punishment ready for a small reprieve.

Nonetheless, let us seek after Yahweh;
let us come to him and acknowledge that mistakes have been made;
let us speak about what is good and right;
let us call out our foolish leaders;
let us ask Yahweh for his favour.
Perhaps this will be the last year of his mighty anger.
Maybe his favour will rest with his chosen people soon.

Edmonton Oilers (24-44-7) @ Detroit Red Wings (39-23-13)

Joe Louis Arena, 5:30 P.M. MDT
Television: Sportsnet West

More analysis after the jump...

Visiting Team Scouting Report:

The Detroit Red Wings are still just a good team. I think they're probably the second best team in the Western Conference behind the Chicago Blackhawks based on their ability to outshoot the opposition at even strength (they've outshot their opponents 1937-1799 and out-Corsied them 3549-3070) and their fantastic special teams (their goal differential on special teams is +21). They're healthy and they have three of the very best players in the NHL in Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg and Nicklas Lidstrom. So long as they avoid the Blackhawks, they should be favoured to win their first round series. I hope they play the Canucks.

Expected Lineups

Edmonton Oilers (24-44-7):

Moreau - Horcoff - Pisani
Penner - Cogliano - Comrie
Nilsson - Pouliot - Stortini

Jones - Potulny - Brule

Gilbert - Whitney

Strudwick - Chorney
Johnson - Arsene


Detroit Red Wings (39-23-13)

Franzen - Datsyuk - Holmstrom
Filppula - Zetterberg - Bertuzzi
Draper - Helm - Eaves
Miller - Williams - Meech

Lidstrom - Rafalski
Kronwall - Stuart
Ericsson - Lilja


Behind the Numbers:

  • Ignoring the lockout season of 1994-95 the Oilers have never accumulated less than the 60 points they managed in 1992-93. With 55 points on the board and only seven games to go this team is in real danger of setting a new franchise record.
  • The lowest point total since the lockout belongs to the 2006-07 Philadelphia Flyers who earned 56 points in their 82 games. With just two more points the Oilers can avoid a certain degree of infamy.
  • The Oilers' tragic number is down to one. If the Maple Leafs somehow lose all the rest of their games tonight could mark the beginning of the least enjoyable seven game winning streak ever.
  • The Oilers are looking to sweep the Red Wings in the regular season for the first time since 1986-87 when they won all three regular season games. But even in that year they lost to the Wings once in the playoffs which would make this the first complete sweep since 1985-86 when the Oilers won all three regular season meetings and the Red Wings were bad enough to draft first overall (they selected Joe Murphy).