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Oilers @ Red Wings: The Monster Appears

Oilers emerge victorious against Islanders, but it comes at a cost as forwards Jesse Puljujarvi and Zack Kassian leave game early with injuries.

Barring anything wacky Jonas Gustavsson will likely make his first start for the Oilers today.
Barring anything wacky Jonas Gustavsson will likely make his first start for the Oilers today.
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8-3-1, 17 points, 1.416 p/g Ranks 6-5-1, 13 points, 1.083 p/g
Pacific Division - 1st Atlantic Division - 4th
6th P/G 16th
9th ST 16th
15th S/G 23rd
10th Goal 18th
TV - Sportsnet West,  FS-Detroit
Radio - 630 CHED
Joe Louis Arena
The opposing view:


Patrick Maroon - Connor McDavid -  Jordan Eberle
Benoit Pouliot - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - Mark Letestu
Milan Lucic - Leon Draisaitl - Tyler Pitlick
Taylor Beck -  Anton Lander - Anton Slepyshev

Oscar Klefbom - Adam Larsson
Andrej Sekera - Eric Gryba
Darnell Nurse - Matthew Benning

Jonas Gustavsson
Cam Talbot

Oilers Emerge Victorious In Shootout

Mark Letestu scored the only goal in the shootout of a 3-3 tie to give the Edmonton Oilers two much-needed points.  Letestu's snipe puts the breaks on an 0-2-1 run, and it puts Edmonton at 1-1-1 on their current road trip.  This was a come-from-behind victory for the Oilers, which is nice to see in a tough stretch of games on the road.  Things looked to be getting out of hand early in this one, going down a goal just thirteen seconds into the first period on a goal by Nick Leddy.  Fiv e minutes later, the Islanders made it 2-0 off the stick of Shane Prince.  Oilers would score the next two goals courtesy of Patrick Maroon (4) and Leon Draisaitl (3) and it would remain knotted at 2 at the end of one. Islanders would go ahead in the second on a goal by Casey Cizikas, but Milan Lucic (5) would score a late one to tie it up at 3.  No scoring in the third would lead to overtime, and then a shootout.  Mark Letestu is your hero as the Oilers take two points off the Island.  Er, from Brooklyn. You know what I mean.

Oilers are right back at it with a visit to Joe Louis Arena.  Let's go to the tape.

The Oilers are saying

"We're a mentally stronger team here...We had a little more pushback and obviously, tied the game.  Then we were down 3-2 and decided to come back  and win it in overtime.  That's the sign of a more mature team."


That's Jordan Eberle on Edmonton's performance in yesterday's 4-3 shootout victory against the Islanders.

I'd be lying to you if I thought that last year's team would come back from being down twice.  Maybe this team is different than last year's.  Yeah, that's the ticket.  Down two players, the Oilers earned two points, and they came back to do it.

The opponents are saying

"I think it's self-inflicted...It's paying attention to the little details.  I think that's sort of what's killing us.  We're making a little mistake here and there and it's costing us in a big way.  If we can consistently go out there every single shift, every single day and do it right, we'll be fine.  We'll start to win.  Our luck will start to change."  SSource

That's Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard on how mistakes are costing Detroit.

Detroit's not killing it in the Atlantic this year so far, but it's a long season as you're aware.  A bump from 18th overall in goals allowed will surely help the Red Wings.  Surprisingly, it's Petr Mrazek (.904 SV%) who looks human in the Detroit net, and not Howard (.973 SV% in 4 GP)

Have some of this

  • POWERPLAY PAYDIRT II: Two power play goals?  Are you serious?  No, really.Leon Draisaitl and Milan Lucic had power play goals in the second period, both were scored while the Oilers were behind. That's three goals in two games.  Oilers' power play moves up into the top ten in the league.  Don't change a thing.
  • THINGS WE DON'T NEED::Jesse Puljujarvi took a nasty knee from Dennis Seidenberg last night that resulted in a penalty for Seidenberg.  It also resulted in Puljujarvi missing the rest of the game with what originally was thought to be a knee injury.  Puljujarvi's been upgraded (?) to a charley horse, but will be out of today's action.
  • MORE THINGS WE DON'T NEED: Zack Kassian (you remember, the guy in the top six) will also likely be held out with a lower back injury sustained in last night's game.  Anton Slepyshev's just got to get in now, and the first callup is...Taylor Beck?
  • Kris Russell was held out of yesterday's game with an undisclosed injury.  Haven't heard much about this, we'll keep one eye out.
  • Jonas Gustavsson (0-0-0, 1.000 SV%, 0.00 GAA) is likely to get his first start for the Oilers today. Jimmy Howard  (2-1-0 .973 SV% / 0.86 GAA) will go for the Red Wings
  • Iiro Pakarinen (knee), Drake Caggiula (hip), Mark Fayne (undisclosed) Brandon Davidson (upper body) Jesse Puljujarvi (charley horse), Zack Kassian (lower body) and Matt Hendricks (lower body) will not dress for the Oilers tonight.  The Red Wings will be without forwards Thomas Vanek (lower body), Tomas Jurco (back), Johan Franzen (concussion), and Joe Vitale (concussion).