Edmonton Oilers vs. Detroit Red Wings
NHL: Tuesday, October 29, Caesars Arena, Detroit, Michigan, 7:30 PM ET
The Oilers dropped from the top place in the Western Conference with three defeats in the last four games. A big 6-2 home loss to the Florida Panthers was pretty unexpected, and Edmonton’s inefficiency in the offense lately is quite concerning for Dave Tippett. They are in the 2nd place in the West with 17 points from 12 games.
Detroit, on the other hand, is in the worst form of all NHL teams at the moment after losing the eighth straight game in a home tilt against the St. Louis Blues. The Red Wings are 2nd from bottom in the East with seven points after 12 games. These rivals already met this season, and Edmonton secured a 2-1 victory at home.
The Oilers’ weak defense led to a big loss to the PanthersEdmonton conceded three goals in the second period in a 6-2 home defeat to the Florida Panthers as the visitors scored those three goals in the space of just two minutes. Goaltender Mike Smith didn’t have his night and was subbed off after those goals, but Mikko Koskinen allowed three more in the final period. Leon Draisaitl was the only Oiler in a good mood in the offense as he recorded a goal and an assist, and is in the 2nd place in the NHL with 21 points (G9, A12). His teammate, Connor McDavid, also has 21 points so far (G6, A15), while James Neal is the third star of the team with 12 points (G10, A2). Neal is the 2nt top goalscorer in the league and will pose a threat to Jimmy Howard and Detroit’s defense in this one. Adam Larsson (back) and Joakim Nygard (lower-body) are out for this clash.
This season, Edmonton has the 18th offense in the NHL that averages 3.00 goals per contest, and they are facing Detroit’s 28th defense that allows 3.75 goals per game. The Oilers are the best team when it comes to powerplay conversion (33.3%), while Detroit is the 29th team in the NHL in penalty kill percentage (69.2%).
Mike Smith will start at the goal for the Oilers, and he is 3-3-1 as he faced 186 shots in the 2019-20 and allowed 16 goals (2.49 per game) and recorded 170 saves (.914 SV %) with one shutout. He met Detroit twice in 2018-19 and won both games with 3.52 goals allowed and .896 SV%.
The Red Wings fell short to the Blues in overtimeDetroit has been in a disappointing form lately, but unlike in the seven games they suffered defeats, they showed a great fighting spirit in a 5-4 overtime loss to the St. Louis Blues. The reigning champions got to a 3-1 lead after two periods, but the Red Wings responded with three goals. However, that wasn’t enough for the first win in eight games as Ryan O’Reilly forced overtime, and David Perron snatched a victory for the visitors. Tyler Bertuzzi and Dylan Larkin had a goal and an assist apiece, but Jonathan Bernier wasn’t good at goal as he allowed five from 20 attempts. Bertuzzi (G5, A7) and Anthony Mantha (G7, A5) are the team’s leaders in points while Larkin has nine (G3, A6). Luke Glendening (hand) and Adam Erne are out for the hosts.
Detroit has the 30th offense in the NHL in 2019-20 that averages 2.25 goals per contest, and they are facing Edmonton’s 9th defense that allows 2.67 goals per game. The Red Wings are the 24th team when it comes to powerplay conversion (12.8%), while Edmonton is the 5th in the NHL in penalty kill percentage (86.5%).
Jimmy Howard will start at the goal for the Red Wings, and he is 1-5-0 as he faced 212 shots in the 2019-20 and allowed 21 goals (3.59 per game) and recorded 191 saves (.901 SV %) without shutouts. He met Edmonton once in 2018-19 and won that game with 2.00 goals allowed and .941 SV%.
- 0-8 in their last eight games overall
- 0-5 in their last five games at home
- 6-1 in their last seven games vs. the Eastern Conference opponents
- 9-4 in their last 13 games overall
- 5-2 in their last seven games against Detroit