Edmonton Oilers: Five things to watch for against Red Wings

Edmonton Oilers, Stuart Skinner #50 (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
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The Edmonton Oilers will play on the road in eight of the next ten games. Up first, the Detroit Red Wings. Here’s what to watch for.

After starting the year off to a historic 9-1-0 record, the Edmonton Oilers are back at it on Tuesday in Detroit. The first game of a five-game roadtrip, the blue-and-orange will not return to Rogers Place until November 18.


  • Oilers have won their last 10 road games, going back to last season. Their last loss was April 10, 5-0 in Calgary.
  • With Devin Shore going on injured reserve, Oilers called up Ryan McLeod.
  • Dylan Larkin returned to the Red Wings on Sunday after leaving the club to deal with a family emergency. He helped spark the club to a 5-2 win over Vegas.
  • Zack Kassian with his thoughts on the upcoming road trip: “I enjoy it, you get to spend time with the guys. It’s nice to go for dinners again and kind of do the road life.”

Tale of the Tape


EDM: 50.0%

DET: 18.2%


EDM: 86.2%

DET: 71.1%


EDM: 53.8%

DET: 49.7%

Goals Per Game

EDM: 4.40

DET: 3.00

Goals Against Per Game

EDM: 2.80

DET: 3.40

Top Scorer

EDM: Leon Draisaitl – 10 goals, 13 assists, 23 points

DET: Tyler Bertuzzi – 9 goals, 6 assists, 15 points

1. Goaltending situation

Mikko Koskinen is off to a fine start this season, recording a 7-1 record through his first eight games, but he’s coming off a performance in which he allowed five goals to the New York Rangers last Friday. The 33-year-old was leaky in the second period, allowing three goals over a 4:04 span that put the Oilers in a three-goal deficit.

With Mike Smith‘s timetable to return still unknown, the team is bringing three goalies on the road trip, but the question remains if or when will we see Stuart Skinner get the nod?

Head coach Dave Tippett was asked this question on Sunday, responding, “We’re going to talk about it this afternoon as coaches here and just see where it is. I am going to get an update on Schmidty [Mike Smith] here today and how he felt.”

Smith skated for approximately an hour in Sunday’s practice, but he’s been sidelined since October 19. It wouldn’t be a bad idea to give Koskinen a mental breather and let Skinner showcase himself.