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KEYS TO THE GAME: Not allowing 7 goals to Carolina. Back to you, Jim

Anton Lander is back in town.  Don't you mess around.
Anton Lander is back in town. Don't you mess around.
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Detroit
18-37-11, 47 points, .712 p/g Ranks 36-17-11, 83 points, .874 p/g
Western Conference - 14th Eastern Conference - 6th
29th P/G 9th
27th ST 18th
28th ES 15th
27th Goal 12th
5:30 PM  MDT - SNW
Joe Louis Arena
The opposing view: Winging It In Motown

That's More Like It

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins' second career hat trick wasn't nearly enough as the Oilers somehow found a way to yield seven goals to Carolina in less than two periods.  Equally impressive is the Oilers yielding six consecutive goals to a team that's 26th in league scoring. Carolina's Elias Lindholm had his first career hat trick, Jeff Skinner scored a pair of goals, and Oilers goaltender Richard Bachman would probably like to forget this game ever happened.

Anton Lander is back, and Ben Scrivens is in the net tonight as the Oilers are at Joe Louis.  Let's see who's saying what.

The Oilers are saying

"We're excited to have him (Lander) back. I think it'll give us more options up the middle, obviously.  Benoit is a game-time decision, he's feeling better, we'll see how he progresses during the day.

That's Oilers interim head coach Todd Nelson giving an injury update.

Anton Lander (shoulder) is a welcome addition back to the lineup, as is a healthy Benoit Pouliot, who sat out Sunday's contest with an illness.  Nelson also said Andrew Ference playing only twelve minutes in yesterday's loss was because of the game situation, not necessarily because of Andrew Ference.  Nikita Nikitin (shoulder) remains out.  Man, I miss Taylor Hall.

The Opponent is saying

"Our power play was no good, gave up two shorthanded goals.  Our penalty kill was no good, couldn't stop them, so we weren't good"

Detroit is likely to be in somewhat of a foul mood this evening.  They've lost three straight games (0-2-1) including a 5-2 loss to the stupid Flames on Friday.  This is their fourth game in six days.  Edmonton is playing their third game in five days, and looks to snap a four game winless streak (0-2-2).

Have some of this

  • Kind of low hanging fruit, but the blue line's been a question for years now.
  • SCRIVENS TO START - Ben Scrivens (12-21-8, .899 SV% / 2.91) will start tonight for the Oilers, while Jimmy Howard (19-9-9, .916 SV% / 2.26) is expected to go for Detroit.
  • Ryan Nugent-Hopkins' hat trick versus Carolina was his second career hat trick.  You've got to back to October of 2011 when RNH was credited with three goals in a game against Vancouver.  You'll remember that season as the one where Nikolai Khabibulin squeezed the one last dab of toothpaste out of the tube and played .960 hockey while the Oilers were mercilessly outshot by a wide margin. At least October was fun that year.
  • GOILERS