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Oilers visit reeling Red Wings in Detroit

NHL: Florida Panthers at Edmonton Oilers Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports

Edmonton Oilers (8-3-1) @

Detroit Red Wings (3-8-1)

29 October 2019

Little Caesar’s Arena

530 PM MST

TV: Sportsnet 360, Sportsnet 1

Radio: 630 CHED

SB Nation Opponent: Winging It In Motown


The Florida Panthers took the Oilers for a ride on Sunday by way of a 6-2 score. Most of the damage was done early in the second period when the Panthers scored three in 65 seconds of play. Mike Smith went down late in the first period after taking a shot in the nether regions, the Oilers secondary scoring woes continue, and it was one to forget overall.

The Oilers begin a three game roadie tonight with a visit to Detroit. The Wings have just three wins in twelve contests, can the Oilers make it all right tonight?

Let’s go to the tape.

The Oilers are saying

They played the way we would have liked to play this game. They were stronger, they won more pucks, they got more pucks to the net and they outbattled us. We have to learn from this and focus on the next game. We’re still off to a good start and we want to have that positive energy going in the group, but we still have to learn from this


That’s Oilers defenceman Oscar Klefbom on his club’s 6-2 defeat to the Panthers on Sunday.

Things were OK in the first, though it became clear that the ice was tilted in Florida’s favour. The bag opened up early in the second period, the Oilers were never able to fully recover.

The Red Wings are saying

That’s the best we’ve played in a while. We don’t like the too many men penalty, but that’s a mental error in an emotional game. They are the Stanley Cup champions and they got a quick one, but that is a period we can build from going forward


That’s Red Wings forward Dylan Larkin on his club’s 5-4 OT loss to the St. Louis Blues on Sunday.

After winning three of four to open the season, the Red Wings haven’t won a game in eight consecutive tries (0-7-1).



  • When talking about the bottom six, there are two points of view. The first one is: maybe the bottom six can help pick up some slack when the trio of 97/29/18 aren’t scoring. The second one? Everything is fine, let the big guns do the heavy lifting. I’m a little surprised that when Josh Archibald went down that the move was to call up Gaetan Haas. At this point, bring me Josh Currie or Tyler Benson. It’s been a dozen games and nothing’s struck gold off the top two lines. The team has got to have some support, some of the time when the top players aren’t scoring. Where will it come from?
  • There’s not much going on in the bottom six, but Jujhar Khaira and Sam Gagner get a promotion to the second line with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. Can some of James Neal’s magic rub off on line 3?
  • COME BACK, JOEL PERSSON. Persson has been back on the ice skating since the 24th, but was held out of the game against the Panthers. It will bring me immense pleasure to see him on the second pair again. Maybe tonight? Maybe tomorrow in Columbus?
  • Detroit is a game that the Oilers absolutely need to put away. The Red Wings haven’t won in their last eight, they’ve scored just thirteen goals over those eight games, they’ve allowed 34. Tonight would be a great night for a guy like Granlund to get his first of the year.
  • NET GAINS: Tippett broke the “two games on, two games off” formula for the goaltenders on Sunday by starting Mike Smith. It didn’t go well for Smith for a couple of reasons, both which have been previously discussed. Would be surprised not to see Mikko Koskinen tonight (5-0-0, .922 SV% / 2.45 GAA / 1 SO). Jimmy Howard (1-5-0, .901 SV% / 3.58 GAA) is likely for Detroit.
  • SICK BAY: The Oilers are without Josh Archibald (foot), Adam Larsson (fibula) and Joakim Nygard (ribs). Joel Persson is day-to-day (concussion). For the Red Wings, Danny DeKeyseer, Luke Glendening, Justin Abdelkader and Chase Pearson are all day-to-day with various ailments.