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Bits And Pieces – Oilers @ Red Wings Preview


The Oilers search for their fifth win of the season tonight at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan.

They’ll only have to beat the Red Wings in order to do so.  Easy, right?

Moving right along here

Edmonton Oilers @ Detroit Red Wings – Game 14

11 NOV 2010 – 5:30 MST / 7:30 ESTVisit Octopus Thrower on the Fansided Network

Things to watch for:

  • Today is Remembrance Day in Canada, and Veteran’s Day in the States.  If you know a Veteran, thank them for their service.  If you don’t know a Veteran,  find one and thank them for their service.  Let them know you appreciate all they gave for us.
  • Stop running after the puck on the penalty kill.  Penalty Kill 101.  Plain and simple, if you chase the puck when the opposing team has it at the blue line,  you’re almost always going to be worse for wear.  Pick your spots.  Edmonton needs to stop this if they want to get their PK% rate higher.  Better yet, stop taking penalties.  That’s the ticket.

  • No surprises here:  Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg and Nik Lidstrom are all leading the Red Wings in points with fifteen each.  It goes without saying that if Edmonton can put a cork in those three, good things will happen.  Better get a giant cork.
  • A better showing between the pipes is an imperative when playing Detroit.    Nikolai Khabibulin had one of his worst starts I can remember in recent history (getting the hook after four goals in just under eight minutes won’t win you the Jennings) and I’m hoping that he’s put whatever trauma that exacerbated his weaknesses behind him.  Had it have been my way, Devan Dubnyk would be starting tonight.  Khabibulin could use an extra day off, and he should start him tomorrow night in New Jersey.  We’ll wait on official word from the Oilers.  PS: Start Dubnyk tonight.
  • Looking for the Penner / Cogliano / Eberle line again.  I’m not sure if it’ll resurface itself tonight, but it was the most successful line in a game that featured the Hurricanes beating Edmonton by a touchdown. EDIT: It’s not going to.  Penner’s going to be on the first line, followed by Hall-Cogliano-Eberle.  Oh well.

In case you haven’t seen it, here’s a little something that’s sure to brighten any Oiler fan’s day.

In a battle between two teams with equally terrible defences (so far as now, at least), It’s the NHL’s Hundred Million Dollar Man losing the puck on a shootout.  Don’t worry, Ilya.  It was only two points.

Enjoy the game, and GOILERS.

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