Oilers-Red Wings Preview
GAME: Edmonton Oilers (23-25-9-1) at Detroit Red Wings (32-16-8-2).
TIME: Monday, 7:30 p.m. EST.
With Curtis Joseph expected to miss at least another week with an ankle
injury, the Detroit Red Wings will need a stronger effort from Manny Legace
than they got on Saturday.
Legace will look to redeem himself when the Red Wings meet the Edmonton
Oilers at Joe Louis Arena.
In Legace's first start since Joseph was placed on injured reserve, the Red
Wings fell to Colorado 5-2 on Saturday, snapping a three-game winning streak.
Joseph was injured in Wednesday's 4-2 win over San Jose - the Wings' first
game since Dominik Hasek announced his season was over because of a groin
injury. Legace insists he can handle the goaltending duties until Joseph
"It's nothing different," Legace said. "It doesn't matter if (Joseph) is
on the bench or in the stands."
Although the score was tied at two after two periods Saturday, the Avalanche
scored three times and outshot the Red Wings 14-9 in the final period.
"They really took it to us in the third," said Legace, who made 25 saves.
While Legace was disappointed with his performance, Detroit also struggled
with special teams. The Red Wings had killed 14 straight penalties before
allowing the Avalanche to score on two of six opportunities with an extra man.
The Oilers head to Detroit looking for their first win on a four-game road
trip. Edmonton opened the swing with a 3-0 loss to Minnesota on Friday and then
rallied for a 2-2 tie against Nashville on Sunday.
Ethan Moreau scored midway through the third period to help Edmonton earn
"I thought it was a pretty good effort from two teams that are pretty
desperate right now," Edmonton coach Craig MacTavish said. "We needed at
least the point especially in light of the fact that we came back in the third
period to get the tie."
The Oilers, however, lost two players in the tie. Radek Dvorak left with a
groin injury, and Brad Isbister went out with an ankle injury. The status of
both players is unknown.