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Edmonton Oilers @ Detroit Red Wings - Game Preview And Lines

Edmonton Oilers @ Detroit Red Wings

07 MAR 2013 – 5:30 MST

Television – Sportsnet West

Lines

F

Taylor Hall / Ryan Nugent-Hopkins / Ales Hemsky

Magnus Paajarvi / Sam Gagner / Jordan Eberle

Ryan Smyth / Eric Belanger / Nail Yakupov

Ryan Jones / Chris Vande Velde / Mike Brown

D

Ladislav Smid / Jeff Petry

Nick Schultz / Justin Schultz

Corey Potter / Ryan Whitney

G

Devan Dubnyk

Yann Danis

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  • This is the sixth game of a nine game roadtrip.  Oilers are 1-2-2 so far.  Oilers currently sit in 13th in the West, and need two points to stay in the hunt for eighth.  They’ll have their work cut out for them in Detroit.  Oilers are 3-5-2 in their last ten, Wings are 4-4-2
  • LINE CHANGERyan Smyth gets moved back to the wing position while Chris Vande Velde comes back to 4C.  Ryan Smyth shouldn’t play centre ever.  Good to see him moved back.  Ben Eager is scratched along with Theo Peckham (flu) and Lennart Petrell.
  • Henrik Zetterberg is leading the Wings in scoring with 25 points (6-19) in 23 games.  Pavel Datsyuk is second with 23 points in 22.  (8-15-23).  Bring a couple curtains, these guys need to be draped.
  • Devan Dubnyk (6-7-4, 2.83, .917) will get the start for the Oilers, while Jimmy Howard (9-7-3, 2.63, .912) gets the nod for Detroit.  Howard turned aside 36 of 37 shots versus Colorado on Tuesday in a 5-1 Detroit victory.
  • CAN’ T STRESS THE POINTS ENOUGH So the Oilers really need to start putting together some W’s.  You might look at the standings and think that they’re log-jammed with a few other teams.  Last year’s Oilers were 12-8-2 after 22 games, this year’s Oilers are 8-9-5.  Last year’s Oilers went 6-18-2 over the next 26.  This year’s Oilers are going to have to do over twice as good to be near sniffing distance of the second season.  Yeah, I know. 
  • UNRELATED My uncle has a 12 stringer that is out of tune all of the time, and through my childhood, he often tried to pick his way through The Hockey Song by Stompin’ Tom Connors.  He’s still not very good at it.  Needless to say, he took it quite hard when he learned that Stompin’ Tom Connors shuffled off this mortal coil.  Rest in Peace, Stompin’ Tom.

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