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SPORTS

The Edmonton Sun n Thursday, March 7, 2013

SPeCIAl TeAMS
PaST
(1-2-2)

OIlerS: PP 20.8% (9th), PK 85.4% (6th) red wINGS: PP 14.9% (23rd), PK 77.5% (25th)

5

EdM 3 – cBJ 4 sO EdM 2 – MIN 4 EdM 2 – sTL 4 EdM 5 – daL 1 EdM 2 – chI 3 OT

Edmonton Oilers ( 8-9-5) at Detroit Red Wings (11-8-4)
TONIGHT, 5:30 P.M.,Joe Louis Arena TV: Sportsnet RADIO: 630 CHED

GameDay
OIlerS GAMedAY lINeS
Taylor Hall Ryan Nugent-Hopkins Ales Hemsky Magnus Paajarvi Sam Gagner Jordan Eberle Ryan Jones Eric Belanger Nail Yakupov Ben Eager Ryan Smyth Mike Brown Nick Schultz Ladislav Smid Theo Peckham

PaST

(3-1-1)

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cOL 1 – dET 2 chI 2 – dET 1 sO dET 2 – sJs 1 sO dET 1 – LaK 2 VaN 3 – dET 8

Sun hockey guy DVD breaks it down

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP
FOrwArdS deFeNCe GOAlTeNdING POwer PlAY COACHING OVerAll PeNAlTY KIll
Still one of the team’s strengths.

red wINGS GAMedAY lINeS
LEFT WING
Johan Franzen Justin Abdelkader Tomas Tatar Drew Miller Niklas Kronwall Kyle Quincey Brian Lashoff Henrik Zetterberg Damien Brunner Pavel Datsyuk Danny Cleary Joakim Andersson Patrick Eaves Cory Emmerton Jordin Tootoo J. Ericsson Brendan Smith Jakub Kindl Jimmy Howard Jonas Gustavsson

LEFT WING

CENTRE

RIGHT WING

CENTRE

RIGHT WING

DEFENCE PAIRINGS

Justin Schultz Jeff Petry Ryan Whitney

Devan Dubnyk Yann Danis

GOALIES

DEFENCE PAIRINGS

GOALIES

Much more productive group up front.

Always stingy in their own end regardless of personnel.

PLUS
The Oilers have earned four points in the first five games of their current road trip. With four games left on the trip, there is still opportunity for the team to put together a streak, which would make it a successful venture … Magnus Paajarvi scored his fourth goal of the season in the loss to columbus Tuesday. The Oilers winger is making the most of his promotion to the top two lines … Taylor Hall was back in the lineup against the Blue Jackets and did not feel any ill effects of his hamstring injury.

MINUS
The Oilers have historically struggled in detroit, winning just one of their last nine games against the red Wings at Joe Louis arena. The Oilers have not beaten the red Wings at home since dec. 3, 2009, when they were able to pull out a 4-1 victory. since then, however, the Oilers have lost six straight to the red Wings in detroit, including a 2-1 loss earlier this season … The Oilers have just one win so far five games into their nine-game road trip. They have lost three straight since soundly defeating the dallas stars in the second game of the trip.

More experience as a starting goaltender.

OIlerS SCOrING
GP Sam Gagner 22 Taylor Hall 19 Jordan Eberle 22 Ales Hemsky 22 Justin Schultz 22 Nail Yakupov 22 R. Nugent-Hopkins 21 Ryan Smyth 21 Ryan Whitney 15 Jeff Petry 22 Lennart Petrell 17 Magnus Paajarvi 17 Eric Belanger 19 T. Hartikainen 16 Shawn Horcoff 7 Ben Eager 13 Ladislav Smid 22 Mark Fistric 13 Nick Schultz 22 Ryan Jones 6 Anton Lander 4 Darcy Hordichuk 4 Corey PotteR 13 Mike Brown 1 Chris Vandevelde10 Theo Peckham 3 Mark Arcobello 1 G 7 4 6 8 5 6 1 2 2 3 1 4 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 A 14 15 11 5 8 6 7 5 3 2 3 0 3 2 1 1 2 2 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 P 21 19 17 13 13 12 8 7 5 5 4 4 3 3 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 +/-3 0 -2 -6 -7 -10 -1 -2 -4 -2 -4 1 2 -5 -2 -4 -2 4 -12 0 -1 -1 -6 -1 -2 1 0

Efficiency dropping, but still better than Red Wings.

One of the best in the business behind Red Wings bench.

Own the Oilers of late, particularly at The Joe.

wHO TO wATCH

What’s left in the tank?

Justin Schultz

Faces former college teammate and red Wings rookie Brendan smith. schultz is having a strong season, with five goals and 13 points in 22 games.

Had issues getting out of Columbus after Tuesday’s game.

Last of a three-game home stand.

COMPIled bY dereK VAN dIeST

INJUrIeS

c shawn horcoff (hand), c anton Lander (foot), G Nikolai Khabibulin (groin), d Mark Fistric (elbow).

OILeRS

d carlo colaiacovo (shoulder), c darren helm (back), rW Todd Bertuzzi (back), rW Mikael samuelsson (finger), c Valtteri Filppula (shoulder).

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