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McDavid to play 300th NHL game for Edmonton; Detroit hoping to end winless streak at eight

by Dave Hogg / Independent Correspondent

OILERS (8-3-1) at RED WINGS (3-8-1)

7:30 p.m. ET; FS-D, SN360 SN1, NHL.TV


The Game

The Detroit Red Wings will try to end an eight-game winless streak (0-7-1) when they play the Edmonton Oilers in Connor McDavid's 300th NHL game, at Little Caesars Arena on Tuesday.

McDavid needs one point to move into sole possession of 11th place in NHL history for most points through 300 games. He currently is tied with Dale Hawerchuk and Teemu Selanne with 393.

Detroit has been outscored 34-13 during its winless streak. After going 0-7-0, the Red Wings earned a point in a 5-4 overtime loss against the St. Louis Blues on Sunday.


Players to watch

Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl has five points (three goals, two assists) in his past two games and needs one assist for 200 in the NHL.

Red Wings forward Tyler Bertuzzi has five points (two goals, three assists) in his past five games.


They said it

"I'm excited about every game I play, whether it is my first or my 300th. Tonight we know we are going against a really fast team with some very special players. We just played them, so we know they play hard and they play fast." -- Oilers center Connor McDavid

"I can't say enough about the progress Leon Draisaitl has made. I've seen him at the World Championship and seen how hard he has worked to make himself into a highly elite player in this League. Then you've got Connor McDavid who has been elite from Day One, an elite second-line center like (Ryan) Nugent-Hopkins and a guy like James Neal. It will be a challenge." -- Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill


Oilers projected lineup

Leon Draisaitl -- Connor McDavid -- Zack Kassian

Jujhar Khaira -- Ryan Nugent-Hopkins -- Sam Gagner

James Neal -- Gaetan Haas -- Alex Chiasson

Tomas Jurco -- Riley Sheahan -- Patrick Russell

Oscar Klefbom -- Kris Russell

Darnell Nurse -- Ethan Bear

Brandon Manning -- Matt Benning

Mikko Koskinen

Mike Smith

Scratched: William Lagesson, Markus Granlund

Injured: Adam Larsson (leg), Joakim Nygard (rib), Joel Persson (concussion), Josh Archibald (foot)


Red Wings projected lineup

Tyler Bertuzzi -- Dylan Larkin -- Darren Helm

Anthony Mantha -- Valtteri Filppula -- Andreas Athanasiou

Evgeny Svechnikov -- Frans Nielsen -- Taro Hirose

Christoffer Ehn -- Jacob de la Rose -- Givani Smith

Patrik Nemeth -- Filip Hronek

Mike Green -- Joe Hicketts

Trevor Daley -- Dennis Cholowski

Jimmy Howard

Jonathan Bernier

Scratched: Alex Biega, Madison Bowey, Brendan Perlini

Injured: Luke Glendening (upper body), Danny DeKeyser (lower body), Justin Abdelkader (lower body), Adam Erne (lower body)


Status report

The Red Wings acquired Perlini from the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday for defenseman prospect Alec Regula. Blashill said Perlini won't play until Detroit goes on the road this weekend. … Oilers coach Dave Tippett juggled his bottom three lines, putting Gagner and Khaira with Nugent-Hopkins and Chiasson and Neal with Haas.


Stat pack

The Oilers won 2-1 against Red Wings at Rogers Place on Oct. 18. … Detroit hasn't had a nine-game winless streak since going 0-9-1 between Feb. 18 and March 28, 2018.

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