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Can the Oilers make it three wins in a row?

Cam Talbot will get the start for the Oilers as they seek their third win in a row
Cam Talbot will get the start for the Oilers as they seek their third win in a row
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Make It Three?

The Oilers got to play some 3 on 3 hockey en route to a 2-1 victory over Vancouver on Sunday night.  Lauri Korpikoski took a nifty pass from Andrej Sekera and turned it into the game winner after Sekera worked the puck off the boards away from Henrik Sedin.  I'm not sure how both Sekera and Korpikoski were on the ice for a 3-on3 overtime, but it all ended well for the good guys.  Nail Yakupov scored a lovely power play goal off a pass from Connor McDavid with three minutes gone in the first, and it was all Edmonton needed en route to their second victory in as many days.  On the road, too.  Anders Nilsson turned aside 33 of 34 Vancouver shots, and everybody went home happy.  Except for Vancouver, who hasn't won anything ever

The Oilers are looking for their third consecutive victory as they face off against the Red Wings tonight at RX1.

Let's go to the tape.

The Oilers are saying

"I'm getting more and more comfortable as the games go, I think that's pretty common with any rookie..."

Source

That's Oilers forward Connor McDavid after Edmonton's wins in Calgary and Vancouver this past weekend.

McDavid's getting more comfortable.  That's good.  He's got five points in six games (3-2-5), let him get as comfortable as he'd like.  McDavid's three point output (2-1) in Calgary had him looking very comfortable, so get him a drink with a long umbrella.

The opponents are saying

It's the end of a five-game segment for us; our goal is to get six out of every 10 points, we did that, now we've got to move into a new one come Wednesday.

"It's the end of a five-game segment for us; our goal is to get six out of every 10 points, we did that, now we've got to move into a new one come Wednesday."   Source
That's Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill on some early season expectations for Detroit.

Six out of ten points sounds like a nice number, but it's only good for about 98 points.  That's cutoff territory there, Jeff. Might want to shoot for 7 out of every ten points.  Yes, that's a lot of points, but it's tough making the playoffs. Especially in the Western Conference.  Just ask the Oilers, who haven't seen the playoffs in 86 years.

Have some of this
  • The Oilers will be home for seven of their next eight games.  If the team is going to entertain ideas of erasing any of that 0-4 start to the season, now's a pretty good time to think about it.  They've got Detroit tonight, followed by Washington Pittsburgh on Friday and Los Angeles Chicago on Sunday.  Fun times.
  • MILLER TIME - The Oilers have placed Matt Hendricks on injured reserve (foot) after blocking a shot in Saturday's 5-2 victory over Calgary.  Andrew Miller has been recalled from Bakersfield, and he'll step right onto the right side top line with Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.  Andrew Miller has six points (1-5-6) in nine career NHL games.  Good luck.
  • Cam Talbot (1-3, .908 SV% / 2.54 GAA) gets the nod for the Oilers while Petr Mrazek (1-1, .931 SV% / 3.04) is scheduled to get the start between the pipes for Detroit.
  • Connor McDavid and Nail Yakupov is my favourite thing about the Oilers right now, and it should be your favourite thing about the Oilers as well.  The two have clicked nicely since they both saw limited action together in the second game of the season against Nashville.  Every time both players are on the ice, good things happen, like this goal in Vancouver.  Or, this goal in Calgary.  Or, this goal in Calgary. You get the idea.
  • Dylan Larkin is a name you'll want to remember for the Red Wings.  The young forward has six points (2-4-6) in five games for Detroit this season, good for second in team scoring behind Henrik Zetterberg.  Not too shabby for 19 years of age.
  • For Detroit, Pavel Datsyuk (ankle) and Johan Franzen (concussion) are out.  Matt Hendricks (foot) Jordan Eberle (shoulder), and Griffin Reinhart (undisclosed, day-to-day) will be unavailable for Edmonton.  Andrew Ference is expected to suit up for Reinhart tonight.