After finishing their six game road trip at 3-3, the Edmonton Oilers begin an eight game homestand. They’ll face a Detroit club who lost in overtime to the Calgary Flames last night. Cam Talbot will get the start for Edmonton, while Petr Mrazek will start his second game in as many nights. The Flames are just two points behind the Oilers. Can the Oilers start their homestand with a win?
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What To Watch For From The Oilers
David Desharnais will make his debut as a member of the Oilers tonight. Desharnais comes from a Montréal club where he was a healthy scratch for six of his last eight games. Desharnais has ten points (4-6-10) in 31 games, and will likely start on the third line between Drake Caggiula and Zack Kassian.
What To Watch For From The Red Wings
From Winging It In Motown
The Red Wings came into the game flying high after winning in overtime against Vancouver and looked to climb another two points closer to hopefully clawing their way back into the playoff discussion. What they got instead was a bad sheet of ice mixed with a bad case of turnoveritis. An extremely late goal by Tomas Tatar earned them a point but they were not able to finish their second straight overtime game with a win despite an extremely entertaining extra session.
Detroit’s got a ways to go to get back into the dance. If they take 3 of 4 points from here on out, they’ve got a whale’s fart of a chance to hit the second Wild Card spot. It’s not gonna happen, but have at it.
Eight games at home! The Red Wings are on the second game of a back-to-back. Petr Mrazek’s .903 SV% is, uh, less than stellar. Calgary’s red hot, but the Oilers can start the bus with a game they should win tonight.