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Edmonton looks to avoid fourth straight loss; Detroit 6-2-2 in past 10 games

by Dave Hogg / Correspondent

OILERS (7-12-2) at RED WINGS (10-8-3)

7 p.m. ET; SNW, FS-D, NHL.TV 


The Game

The Edmonton Oilers will try to avoid their fourth consecutive defeat when they play the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena on Wednesday. The Oilers have allowed 18 goals in their past three games, including an 8-3 defeat to the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday, and are 1-4-1 in their past six games.

Edmonton coach Todd McLellan pulled starting goalie Cam Talbot after he allowed two goals on the first three St. Louis shots. Backup Laurent Brossoit also struggled, giving up six goals on 37 shots.

The Red Wings are 2-0-2 on a five-game homestand, which ends Wednesday, and are 6-2-2 in their past 10 games. Goaltender Jimmy Howard is expected to start; he has held opponents to three goals or fewer in 14 of 16 starts this season. 


Players to watch

Oilers center Connor McDavid had an assist against St. Louis, and has seven points (three goals, four assists) in his past four games.

Red Wings center Dylan Larkin has five points (two goals, three assists) in a three-game point streak. 


They said it

"I'm very, very concerned, obviously, the way some individuals played tonight, many of them, and it's indefensible on my behalf. We're responsible for having the team ready, and obviously they weren't." -- Oilers coach Todd McLellan on the loss against the Blues

"We know they played last night and then flew in, so we want to get on them as quickly as we can." -- Red Wings forward Anthony Mantha


Oilers projected lineup

Patrick Maroon -- Connor McDavid -- Drake Caggiula

Milan Lucic -- Ryan Nugent-Hopkins -- Leon Draisaitl

Michael Cammalleri -- Ryan Strome -- Jesse Puljujarvi

Jujhar Khaira -- Mark Letestu -- Zack Kassian

Oscar Klefbom -- Matt Benning

Darnell Nurse -- Adam Larsson

Kris Russell -- Eric Gryba

Cam Talbot

Laurent Brossoit

Scratched: Iiro Pakarinen, Brad Malone, Yohann Auvitu

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


Red Wings projected lineup

Anthony Mantha -- Henrik Zetterberg -- Gustav Nyquist

Justin Abdelkader -- Dylan Larkin -- Tomas Tatar

Luke Glendening -- Frans Nielsen -- Darren Helm

Scott Wilson -- Andreas Athanasiou

Jonathan Ericsson -- Trevor Daley

Danny DeKeyser -- Mike Green

Niklas Kronwall -- Nick Jensen

Xavier Ouellet

Jimmy Howard

Petr Mrazek

Scratched: David Booth

Injured: Martin Frk (groin)

Suspended: Luke Witkowski


Status report

The Oilers did not hold a morning skate. … Ericsson will be a game-time decision after sustaining what Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill called a "slight tweak" lifting his baby out of the crib.


Stat pack

Nugent-Hopkins has eight points (two goals, six assists) in his past seven games. … Talbot has allowed 12 goals in his past three starts after allowing 12 goals in his previous five starts. … Abdelkader has eight points (two goals, six assists) in his past six games. … Mantha has six points (three goals, three assists) in his past five games. 

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