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Under the Scope: Oilers at Red Wings

by Wendy Mach / Edmonton Oilers

Their second meeting of the season was far less dramatic as there was only one penalty called throughout the game, compared to their last contest where 17 penalties were handed out. The Red Wings dominated the Oilers in the second period, where they were able to score the game-winner and an insurance goal. The Oilers out-hit the Red Wings 26-15 and blocked more shots (include the blocked shot numbers), but they were unable to beat Jimmy Howard. This was the first game of the season where Edmonton has been held scoreless as they dropped a 3-0 decision on Thursday. The Oilers lost their fourth in a row and have now only collected three out of a possible 12 points in that span.

Take a closer look at the game as we go Under The Scope:

Tied up in the slot, Jakub Kindl's wrister in the second period managed to beat Devan Dubynk through the five hole, providing the Red Wings with the game-winning goal at (time of the goal). Kindl's goal was his second of the season.

1 Number of games where the the Oilers were held scoreless this season
34 Points in 40 games for Pavel Datsyuk against the Oilers
26 Hits in the game for the Oilers
21 Blocked shots compared to the Red Wings 14 blocked shots

Cory Emmerton
1 0 1 0 1

Jimmy Howard
22 22 0 60:0 1.000

Brendan Smith
0 0 0 0 1

Jimmy Howard
22 22 0 60:00 1.000

Devan Dubnyk
24 26 2 58:55 0.926

  Kyle Quincey - D

22:43 - 0 PTS, +1 rating

Jeff Petry - D

21:44 - 0 PTS, -1 rating

Corey Emmerton's goal in the second provided the Red Wings with some breathing room as he was coming off the bench for a change and caught the Oilers by surprise. He was able to skate through unnoticed and shoot it from the slot for his second goal of the season. Emmerton had a +1 rating on the night in 11:42 of ice time.

Jimmy Howard stopped all 22 shots on net to give him his second shutout of the season and the 13th of his career. In the last five games, Howard has allowed only seven goals, giving him a save percentage of 0.915 this season.

Jeff Petry's five game point streak comes to an end but the blue liner was still a force to be reckoned with as he had four shots on net, provided two blocked shots and logged the most time on the ice with for the Oilers with 21:44.

Justin Schultz and Brendan Smith played together at the University of Wisconsin in 2010. Smith was a senior and had 52 points in 42 games while Schultz was a junior and had 47 points in 41 games.

“You're not going to win games scoring zero goals so that's on us."

- Taylor Hall on the Oilers' shutout loss.

Friday, March 6 at Nashville 
6:00pm MT
(Sportsnet-W / 630 CHED)

Right after Thursday's night game, the Oilers will be flying straight to Nashville to take on the Predators Friday night. They will be making their second stop in Chicago to face the Blackhawks before they head to Colorado to face division rivals, the Avalanche, to close out the road trip early next week.

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