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Edmonton trying to win two straight for first time this season; Howard expected in goal for Detroit

by Derek Van Diest / Correspondent

RED WINGS (6-7-1) at OILERS (4-7-1)

4 p.m. ET; SNW, FS-D, NHL.TV


The Game

The Edmonton Oilers will attempt to win two straight games for the first time this season when they host the Detroit Red Wings at Rogers Place on Sunday.

The Oilers, 3-7-1 in their past 11 games, had their best offensive output in a 6-3 win against the New Jersey Devils on Friday. Edmonton has been held to two goals or fewer in eight of 12 games this season.

Goaltender Jimmy Howard is expected to start for the Red Wings. He has held opponents to two goals or fewer in six of 11 games this season. Detroit is 2-1-0 in its past three games following a six-game losing streak (0-5-1).


Players to watch

Center Dylan Larkin leads the Red Wings with 13 points (two goals, 11 assists) in 14 games and is on a three-game point streak (one goal, three assists).

Oilers center Connor McDavid is on a five-game point streak (two goals, six assists) and leads Edmonton with 16 points (five goals, 11 assists) in 12 games.


They said it

"We're a team that wants to play in offensive zone, we're better when we're playing in the O-zone, so it's a big thing for us to get out of the D-zone quick and manage the neutral zone. I think when we get in trouble as a team is when we have turnovers in the neutral zone and the other team gets on top of us. I think that's a big key for us [Sunday]." -- Red Wings right wing Gustav Nyquist


"There are going to be games where there's a bunch of penalties and there are going to be games where there are very few, but you can't expect to go into games not taking one penalty. But if we can stay out of the box, obviously, we're going to try to do that as much as we can. " -- Oilers forward Zack Kassian on Edmonton not taking a minor penalty in two of their past three games


Red Wings projected lineup

Gustav Nyquist -- Henrik Zetterberg -- Tomas Tatar

Andreas Athanasiou -- Dylan Larkin -- Anthony Mantha

Darren Helm -- Frans Nielsen -- Justin Abdelkader

Scott Wilson -- Luke Glendening -- Martin Frk

Jonathan Ericsson -- Trevor Daley

Niklas Kronwall -- Mike Green

Xavier Ouellet -- Nick Jensen

Jimmy Howard

Petr Mrazek

Scratched: David Booth, Luke Witkowski

Injured: Danny DeKeyser (ankle)


Oilers projected lineup

Patrick Maroon -- Connor McDavid -- Leon Draisaitl

Milan Lucic -- Ryan Nugent-Hopkins -- Kailer Yamamoto

Drake Caggiula -- Ryan Strome -- Jussi Jokinen

Iiro Pakarinen -- Mark Letestu -- Zack Kassian

Darnell Nurse -- Adam Larsson

Oscar Klefbom -- Matt Benning

Kris Russell -- Eric Gryba

Cam Talbot

Laurent Brossoit

Scratched: Yohann Auvitu, Jujhar Khaira

Injured: Andrej Sekera (knee), Anton Slepyshev (undisclosed)


Status report

Slepyshev sustained an undisclosed injury against the Devils and is not expected to play. … Yamamoto will play his ninth game of the season. If he plays one more, he will use the first year of his entry-level contract … Howard (personal) did not practice but is expected start.


Stat pack

Maroon is on a seven-game point streak (four goals, three assists). … Jokinen has 23 points (three goals, 20 assists) in 27 career games against the Red Wings.

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