The Edmonton Oilers look to stop the bleeding as they host the Detroit Red Wings in Edmonton on Saturday night as the Oil look for just their fourth win of the year while Detroit looks for its ninth.
The Wings are in the midst of a Western Canada road trip as they finish things off in Edmonton tonight looking for its second straight victory and against an Oilers team who has looked very lost this season it is more than a distinct possibility. Detroit is led up front by Pavel Datsyuk, Hnerik Zetterberg, and the newly acquired Daniel Alfredsson who is adjusting nicely to his new digs in the Motor City. Jimmy Howard remains one of the more underrated goalies in the league but he will have to do his best to slow down the Edmonton attack who will surely be ready to go after a tough stretch has them under fire. Howard will likely get the start but he did play last night in Calgary so they could turn to Petr Mrazek instead.
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Edmonton has had a tough stretch once again to start this season and after all the off ice changes that looked so promising it is more of the same for the Oilers and their weary fan base. While the injury bug has certainly played a factor the Oilers know they need to do more on a nightly basis to get the results they covet and until they can string together some impressive outings there is not going to be a ton of confidence from their fans. However, the Oilers always play the Red Wings tough and this game seems as perfect as any for the Oilers to step up as they catch the Wings in a back to back in what could be against a backup goaltender at home. Love the spot for Edmonton as I think they finally get a statement win.