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Preview: Oilers at Red Wings

Edmonton forwards Zack Kassian, Jesse Puljujarvi out with lower-body injuries; Detroit defenseman Niklas Kronwall will play

by Dave Hogg / Correspondent

OILERS (8-3-1) at RED WINGS (6-5-1)

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


Oilers team scope

Edmonton Oilers forwards Zack Kassian and Jesse Puljujarvi won't play after each sustained a lower-body injury during a 4-3 shootout win against the New York Islanders on Saturday, coach Todd McLellan said after the game. The Oilers trailed 2-0 in the first period and 3-2 in the second but tied the game twice before winning in a shootout. Edmonton lost 8-1 on Feb. 7 in its previous visit to Brooklyn. "You talk about growth, last year in this building, [an] 8-1 loss," said forward Mark Letestu, who scored the only goal of the shootout. "This time we come out slow like we did then but found a way to battle back." 

Red Wings team scope 

Detroit Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall will play after missing practice Saturday, one day after making his season debut in a 5-3 loss to the Winnipeg Jets at Joe Louis Arena. Kronwall, who is dealing with a chronic knee injury, will be held out of some practices to avoid aggravating the problem. Coach Jeff Blashill juggled his defense pairs Saturday, putting Mike Green with Jonathan Ericsson and using Brendan Smith with Alexey Marchenko. Ryan Sproul skated in what would be Kronwall's spot alongside Danny DeKeyser. Blashill said he wouldn't finalize the pairs until Sunday.


Oilers projected lineup

Patrick Maroon -- Connor McDavid -- Jordan Eberle

Mark Letestu -- Ryan Nugent-Hopkins -- Benoit Pouliot

Milan Lucic -- Leon Draisaitl -- Tyler Pitlick

Anton Slepyshev -- Anton Lander -- Taylor Beck

Adam Larsson -- Oscar Klefbom

Andrej Sekera -- Eric Gryba

Darnell Nurse -- Matthew Benning

Jonas Gustavsson

Cam Talbot

Scratched: None

Injured: Kris Russell (undisclosed), Brandon Davidson (upper body), Matt Hendricks (lower body), Iiro Pakarinen (knee), Jesse Puljujarvi (lower body), Zack Kassian (lower body)


Red Wings projected lineup

Tomas Tatar -- Henrik Zetterberg -- Justin Abdelkader

Gustav Nyquist -- Frans Nielsen -- Dylan Larkin

Andreas Athanasiou -- Darren Helm -- Riley Sheahan

Drew Miller -- Luke Glendening -- Steve Ott  

Danny DeKeyser -- Niklas Kronwall

Jonathan Ericsson -- Mike Green

Brendan Smith -- Alexey Marchenko

Jimmy Howard

Petr Mrazek

Scratched: Xavier Ouellet, Ryan Sproul

Injured: Tomas Jurco (back), Thomas Vanek (lower body)


Status report

Gustavsson will make his first start of the season. … Glendening sat out practice Saturday but will play. … Howard will start for the Oilers.


Who's hot

Howard is 2-1-0 with a 0.86 goals-against average and .973 save percentage in four games. … Green has assists in his past two games and is tied for the Red Wings lead with nine points. … Benning had his first two NHL points in the win against the Islanders, getting assists on two first-period goals.

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