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Detroit Red Wings @ Edmonton Oilers Game 27 Preview

Detroit's in a rut. Edmonton is riding high

Detroit Ambs


Edmonton Nuggets
12-10-5 1.07 p/g

10-11-5, 0.96 p/g
Western Conf: 8th
Western Conf: 12th

7:30 p.m. MDT | Sportsnet
Rexall Place

The opposing view: Winging It In Motown

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 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.

Edmonton Oilers Injuries


Player Injury Type Injury Date
Nikolai Khabibulin groin 03/13/2013

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Andy Sutton knee 01/16/2013
Eric Belanger groin 03/09/2013
Mark Fistric elbow 03/01/2013

Detroit Red Wings Injuries


Player Injury Type Injury Date
Jimmy Howard other-excused 03/14/2013

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Carlo Colaiacovo shoulder 01/22/2013
Todd Bertuzzi back 02/08/2013
Mikael Samuelsson fingers 02/20/2013
Darren Helm back 01/26/2013