Detroit dominated from the opening whistle, out-shooting Edmonton 31-14, as the Oilers suffered a 5-0 blowout loss at the hands of the visiting Red Wings.
"They outshot us by 20," said Oilers defenceman Ladislav Smid. "That's unacceptable, especially at home. It's really hard, but nobody is going to do it for us. We have to wake up here."
The Red Wings hopped out to an early lead when Oilers defenceman Jeff Petry whiffed on a pass and the loose puck was picked up by Darren Helm who sniped a shot five-hole on goalie Richard Bachman. The breakaway goal at 5:09 of the opening period was assisted by Daniel Alfredsson.
"They're scared of losing," said Oilers Head Coach Dallas Eakins. "When you're on a bad roll like we are now, a lot of times you'll go into the game and you're ready to go but then you get back into waiting for that bad thing to happen."
The bad things continued to happen for the home team as a 1-0 lead became 2-0 just 27 seconds later.
Tomas Tatar left the puck for Joakim Andersson who put a heavy shot on Bachman. The goaltender got the pad save but let loose a long range, juicy rebound into the slot where an awaiting Tatar finished the play, burying the puck into the back of the net.
Bachman went down with a groin injury in the first period and was replaced by Jason LaBarbera. Devan Dubnyk was forced to dress as an emergency back up during the first intermission and Bachman did not return to the game.
At 6:55 of the second period, Jakub Kindle one-timed a cross-ice pass from Alfredsson far-side of LaBarbera to give Detroit a 3-0 lead.
The Red Wings continued their reign of terror, capitalizing on a wide-open backdoor at 7:54 of the third period. Andersson's goal gave Detroit the stout 4-0 lead.
Then at 9:43 of the final frame, Henrik Zetterberg wrapped around the Oilers net and found Todd Bertuzzi with a pass at the bottom of the far circle. Bertuzzi tapped in the easy goal to make it 5-0.
"We all have to wake up in here," said Smid. "There's not one person who can be proud of what he did on the ice. Collectively we have to wake up as a team, start working hard and I think that's a big part of it and start working for each other."
The Oilers dropped to 3-10-2 with the loss.