Posts Tagged ‘Edmonton Oilers’

Edmonton at Detroit (3/11/11)

Friday, March 11th, 2011

The Edmonton Oilers played the Red Wings tonight at Joe Louis Arena. The starting goalies were Jimmy Howard and Devan Dubnyk. Rafalski was still out with back spasms.

The Oilers have been hit with a bunch of injuries this season and they have the worst record in the league. That being said, they can still win a game on any given night especially when they play tight defense, their goalie stands on his head and their opponent gets lulled into complacency. Edmonton played a 1-3-1 defense for most of the night so there was no room for Detroit coming through the neutral zone. It was a frustrating night for the Wings.

In the first period Ryan Jones shot the puck and it looked like it was going wide. Instead it hit the inside of Howard’s right leg and deflected into the net giving the Oilers the lead one to nothing.

For almost the entire rest of the game the Red Wings tried to tie it up and the Oilers just stuck to them like glue. Even through many power play opportunities the Wings could not score. Dubnyk was incredible. He was very big in the net and his positioning was excellent. He stopped everything. The only thing that got by him was a shot from the point that Bertuzzi reached down for apparently trying to catch it. It deflected off his glove and into the net but the goal was disallowed because of the fact that he reached out for it. Even though it didn’t look like an intentional redirection, they ruled that it WAS intentional just because he reached for it. It was an interesting call and will probably spark a lot of debate.

At the end of the game the Wings pulled the goalie. Lidstrom finally broke Dubnyk’s shutout with a shot from the point with just 25 seconds left on the clock. That tied it up and sent the game to overtime.

With just 42 seconds left in the overtime Datsyuk got the puck. He went left to right across the slot with his defender laid out for a block. Datsyuk dangled and waited for him to slide by. Then he fired a wrister that somehow made it through a bunch of people and found the back of the net.

So after trailing almost the entire game the Red Wings came away with the win. Dubnyk played very well and deserved a better fate, but I’m glad he didn’t get it. The Wings needed this win as they try to break out of the slump they’ve been in lately. They head to St. Louis now where the Blues are home and waiting to play them tomorrow night.

This 1-2 win brings us to:
88 points

Detroit at Edmonton (1/4/11)

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

The Red Wings played the first of five road games in a row tonight.  They were in Edmonton to take on the Oilers.  Khabibulin was in net for Edmonton and the Wings went with Chris Osgood.  Brad Stuart was fine after being hit in the head with a puck last game, so that was very lucky.  Eaves was still out of the lineup with an upper body injury.  Of course, Modano, Cleary and Datsyuk were all out as well.

For the first two periods the Wings were in control of the game.  They had a three to one lead heading into the third after goals by Zetterberg, Bertuzzi and Draper.  The Oilers only goal was scored on a defensive breakdown where Brule was left all alone in front of Osgood.

Then came the third period and everything changed.  The Oilers outshot the Wings in the third and managed to tie the game.  They scored once when Peckham received a centering pass in the slot and put it by Osgood.  Then there was a defensive zone faceoff that the Wings lost and Gagner threw it at the net.  Osgood wasn’t ready for it and it slid between his legs.

The score was tied and the Wings were battling to get the lead back.  Bertuzzi tried to pass one across the slot to a wide open Filppula but it hit the skate of an Oilers player and deflected into the net.  If it had got through to Filppula he would have buried it anyway as he was in perfect position and the net was wide open.

Then just 44 seconds later Helm was sprung by a lead pass from Abdelkader.  He entered the zone with speed and his defender fell down giving him tons of space.  Helm ripped one into the top corner of the net for the insurance goal.  It was kind of funny that 44 and 43 scored 44 seconds apart.

The Oilers pulled the goalie but they weren’t able to get another goal and the Wings didn’t get an empty-netter.   Chris Osgood made several incredible saves in this game, some right at the end when the Oilers were pressuring.  It really shows his professionalism to give up a bad goal and not get the least bit rattled.  That was win number 401 for Ozzie.

This 5-3 win brings us to:
55 points

Edmonton at Detroit (11/11/10)

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

Tonight the Oilers were in town for a rematch of last Friday night’s game in Edmonton. The goalies were Khabibulin and Howard. Miller was in for this game and Eaves was a healthy scratch.

The Oilers entered this game in a bit of a slump. Khabibulin had been pulled from his previous game and they seemed to be lacking confidence. It was a perfect opportunities for the Red Wings to capitalize on a young, struggling team.

The Wings smelled blood right from the start of this one. It was already three to nothing at the end of the first period.

Babcock had changed up most of the lines for this game. Only Datsyuk, Zetterberg and Holmstrom were unchanged. Hudler was moved to a line with Filppula and Franzen. Cleary, Modano and Bertuzzi made up the third line. Abdelkader moved to the fourth line with Helm and Miller. It was not a punishment for Abdelkader who’s been playing very well.

The new lines were very effective. Cleary and Holmstrom each had two goals and Franzen finally got his 100th career goal. We’ve seen in the past how one goal from Franzen can open the floodgates so I wouldn’t be surprised to see him go on a hot streak. Filppula scored as well to give the Red Wings a total of six goals for the night.

The Wings did a great job tonight. They’ll face the Avalanche at the Joe on Saturday. Hopefully the hot streak will continue.

This 2-6 win brings us to:
21 points

Detroit at Edmonton (11/5/10)

Friday, November 5th, 2010

Tonight the Wings were in Edmonton for the first of back to back games to wrap up their western Canada road trip. The goalies for this game were Howard and Khabibulin. Hudler was back in the lineup tonight and Miller was a healthy scratch.

The Wings played well in Edmonton. It was another solid road game. Abdelkader had another great game. He was right on the spot for the Wings’ first goal when he popped in the rebound of a Modano shot.

Filppula scored a nice, opportunistic goal and Cleary bagged an empty-netter at the end.

Jimmy Howard played very well tonight, too. He only allowed a single goal even though the Oilers had 30 shots, the same amount as Detroit had.

Ericsson dropped the gloves with Brule after a hard (but clean) hit on Datsyuk against the boards. The linesman came in to break up the fight but for some reason one came in before the other and basically held Ericsson’s arms while Brule wailed on him. Not cool. The linesman paid for it though by taking a punch to chops during the scuffle. It must have just been miscommunication by the linesman as to when they were going to step in.

This was a good road game for the most part. Team defense could have been better but Howard made sure to keep the Oilers from doing too much damage.

This 3-1 win brings us to:
17 points

Edmonton at Detroit (3/30/10)

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

The woefully bad Edmonton Oilers were in town tonight to face the Wings. As bad as the Oilers have been this year, they seem to have had Detroit’s number so it was important for the Wings to start on time and not underestimate their opponent. The goalies were Jimmy Howard and Jeff Deslauriers. There were a few milestones in this game. Datsyuk was playing in his 600th and Zetterberg was in his 500th. Congrats to those guys!

The Oilers seemed to have a bit of confidence in the first few minutes of the game but the Red Wings stepped it up and had several scoring chances early. Then Filppula fired from the point with Bertuzzi and Lilja (of all people) going to the net. It looked like the puck hit Lilja right on the winged wheel and went in the net. It was a rare offensive move by Lilja and it worked out great for the Red Wings. They were up one to nothing. The goal was credited to Filppula but Lilja seemed to think it was his.

A little bit later Franzen was maneuvering with the puck and got it back to Kronwall who was standing all alone in the slot. He one timed it and beat the Deslauriers for the goal making it two to nothing Red Wings.

Nearly at the end of the period there was a delayed penalty coming to the Oilers. Miller chipped it into the corner and Williams dug it out. He threw it back to Miller in the slot and he fired it on net and scored making it three to nothing at the end of the first period.

During the first intermission they changed the first goal from Filppula to Lilja. It was also announced the Penner, who had left the bench after being hit in the face with a puck, would not return.

As bad as the Oilers were playing it could have been a lot worse. Deslauriers made several incredible saves.

Towards the end of the second period the Red Wings were on another power play. Holmstrom had the puck behind the net and centered it to Franzen who was left wide open. He ripped it and scored to give the Wings the four to nothing lead.

A few seconds later Filppula was called for interference. The faceoff was won back to Gilbert with a bunch of traffic in front. Gilbert ripped it and Howard wasn’t able to pick it up in time and they scored. That made it four to one with about three minutes left in the period.

Less than a minute after that goal Comrie received a pass entering the zone. He faked a shot and then put it between Howard’s legs for another quick goal. Just like that the Oilers were right back in it.

Early in the third period the Oilers shot and Howard dove out of position. Stortini got the puck and tried the wrap around. He banked it off Howard and into the net. Suddenly the Oilers were one shot away from tying the game.

Just past the halfway point of the third period Rafalski got knocked down in the corner and Cogliano came away with the puck and took it behind the net. He passed it to Gilbert in the slot who one timed before Howard could stop it. That tied the game with the Oilers’ fourth unanswered goal.

It seemed like the Wings had lost their will to win this game. Jimmy Howard was forced to make some great saves just to keep it tied. They obviously experience a letdown after getting such a comfortable lead but the Oilers refused to go away.

The Wings got their jump back and were pressuring but Deslauriers was playing great. With 1:07 left Detroit finally broke the tie. Datsyuk shot the puck and Stuart tipped it down. Deslauriers was jumping and the puck went down and under him into the net. It was nearly a high stick by Stuart so it was reviewed extensively but the call on the ice was upheld. The Wings had the lead back again.

The Oilers pulled their goalie. Lidstrom was called for holding but by the time the Wings touched the puck there was only 10 seconds left in the game. The faceoff went to the corner and the Red Wings tied it up until time ran out.

They were very lucky to get two points tonight. They got too far ahead too early in this game and then became a little bit complacent. But hey, it’s a win and it’s two points were are crucial as the Wings are now battling Nashville for the fifth playoff spot.

This 4-5 win brings us to:
93 points

Detroit at Edmonton (3/19/10)

Friday, March 19th, 2010

After a relatively long break, the Red Wings were on the road tonight to play the abysmal Edmonton Oilers. They’re the worst team in the league. Of course that opened up the possibility that the Red Wings could underestimate them. Jimmy Howard was in net for the Wings and for the Oilers it was Devan Dubnyk.

Less than a minute into the game the Oilers scored. It was a dump in that Penner received behind the Red Wings net. He passed it out front where Brule caught it and sent it to Cogliano at the other side of the net. He one timed it and scored giving the Oilers the early lead one to nothing.

After the goal the Oilers continued to pile it on. The Red Wings looked flat and seemed overwhelmed by the Oilers offense. Jimmy Howard was peppered with one shot after another. He was making some great stops but there was no way it could last long. Ryan Whitney took the puck to the slot and was left all alone. Brule was in front of the net blocking Howard’s view. Whitney shot the puck and beat Howard and just like that the Oilers were up two to nothing.

Babcock took his timeout after that but didn’t say a word to the team.

The Wings looked pretty bad in the first period. The Oilers had all the jump and Red Wings looked tired. Detroit had only 9 shots on goal to Edmonton’s 16.

In the second period the Wings put together a few good shifts in a row and built some momentum. Helm dumped the puck in and Draper chased it down behind the net. Helm continued through the slot to the front of the net. Eaves moved up to about the faceoff dot and Draper passed it back to him. Eaves one-timed a bullet and beat Dubnyk to put the Wings on the board.

The second period was much better than the first for the Red Wings. There weren’t many shots on goal in the second but at least the Wings had more than the Oilers, 5 to 4.

In the third period it was announced that Eaves had left the game with an upper body injury. He had been hit hard early in the second period but he stayed in the game and even scored the Wings’ first goal so it seemed like he was alright. Apparently something was wrong though and he didn’t finish the game.

The Red Wings continued to pressure well during the third period. They were really outshooting the Oilers and controlling the game but not scoring. It got towards the end and they pulled their goalie. As time was winding down the puck was trapped in the corner. Edmonton was just trying to sit on it to kill off the time and Zetterberg was battling for it. The puck squirted out and Datsyuk grabbed it. He passed it to Rafalski who was right on the doorstep. Rafalski buried it with 0.3 seconds left in the game. It was incredibly close. It was really unbelievable. So the Wings tied it up and guaranteed themselves a point.

After the perfunctory faceoff to finish off the final fraction of a second the game went to overtime. Nothing much happened in the OT. It ended with no winner so the game headed to a shootout.

The first shooter was Potulny for the Oilers. He made some nice fakes, waited until the last moment and got the puck up and over Howard’s pads and in. Datsyuk was up first for the Wings. He made a nice move, too, but his shot hit the goalpost. Brule was up next. He fired one over the glove and in before Howard could react. Williams came up next, faked and scored on Dubnyk with nice shot to keep hope alive. Nilsson came up for the Oilers and Howard stopped him with the glove. It was up Filppula to tie it up for the Wings. He made a few moves and shot but Dubnyk stopped him.

The Red Wings had to settle for a single point tonight but really they were lucky to get that. After essentially taking the first period off they still managed to come back and get a point. They played pretty well in the second and third periods but that’s not enough to deserve a win. It’s a good thing they got the point though because Nashville and Calgary just keep winning. That point will keep the Flames from pulling ahead of the Wings. Their points are tied now but the Wings are still in eighth because they have a game in hand.

This 2-3 overtime loss brings us to:
81 points