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Detroit Red Wings @ Edmonton Oilers Game Thread

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Oilers begin eight game homestand as Red Wings play their second game in two days.

NHL: Detroit Red Wings at Calgary Flames
Petr Mrazek will start his second game in as many nights.
Candice Ward-USA TODAY Sports

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?

How To Tune In

Time: 8 PM MDT

TV: CBC

Radio: 630 CHED

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.

Final Thought

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.