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Under the Scope: Oilers vs. Red Wings

by Travis Knee / Edmonton Oilers

The Oilers continued their winning ways with a 5-4 shootout victory over the Detroit Red Wings Saturday night at Rexall Place.

Sam Gagner would follow up his eight-point effort with three more points and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins would score the shootout winner in his return to the lineup.

All you need to know and more as we go Under the Scope:

With Detroit having battled back to take the lead 4-3 in the third period, Jordan Eberle would once again come up big in the clutch. Eberle would find a loose puck at the side of the net with under a minute to play to tie it 4-4. For Eberle it was his 22nd goal of the season.

46 The faceoff winning percentage for the Oilers overall in tonight's game. They won 34 of 74 draws.
11 Sam Gagner would factor in on 11 straight Oilers goals prior to Eberle's game-tying goal tonight.
5 Devan Dubnyk has started in five straight games and earned 9 of a possible 10 points.
7 Sam Gagner would lead all players in tonight's game with seven shots on net.

Sam Gagner
G A P +/- Shots
2 1 3 -2 7

Henrik Zetterberg
G A P +/- Shots
0 2 2 +3 3

Jordan Eberle
G A P +/- Shots
2 0 2 -1 3

Ty Conklin
9 6 3 20:00 .667

Devan Dubnyk
39 35 4 64:49 .897

  Ian White- D

28:40 - 1 PTS, +2 rating

  Jeff Petry- D

25:44 - 0 PTS, -2 rating

Sam Gagner would finish off an amazing two games with a beautiful goal in the shootout. Gagner would deke out Red Wings goalie Joey Macdonald multiple times before tucking it home for the first goal of the shootout.

Although it was a difficult task to follow up Thursday's magical night, Sam Gagner was once again named 'first star' in the Oilers win. Sam would score two goals and an assist while also scoring in the shootout to help get Edmonton another two points.

Oilers defenceman Ryan Whitney has quietly made an impact since returning from injury. Whitney was sharp with the first pass out of the Oilers zone tonight and was key on the powerplay. Whitney would finish the game with two points, assisting on both powerplay goals.

The NHL record for most points in a two-game stretch is 14. It was done by two brothers playing for the same team back in 1981. Peter and Anton Stastny of the Quebec Nordiques each put together an eight and six-point effort.   

"Everyone stood up and made a decision to go out there and tie it up.. Eberle has a thing for scoring those big goals."

-- Ryan Whitney on tonight's win over the Red Wings.

Monday, February 6  vs. Toronto
  5:00pm MST (SNET-W / 630 CHED)

The Oilers will now head out on the road with the first stop coming in Toronto for a game against the Maple Leafs. It will be the first meeting of the year between the two clubs and can be seen live on Sportsnet West and RDS(HD).

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