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Postgame: Oilers @ Red Wings - 2/8

After the Oilers got their first goal tonight, I was a little worried it was all downhill from there. It was such a mess of a goal, I could see it deflating the Red Wings and leading to a loss.

When Edmonton tied things up in the third, that fear seemed to have been warranted. Detroit got caught coasting a bit. The tying goal was on the power play but the Wings hadn't done much before it to make it seem like they wanted this one. No killer instinct.

They managed to turn it back on, though. Drew Miller's goal was just hard work, driving to the net for a loose puck (much like Cory Emmerton's earlier in the game). Henrik Zetterberg's goal was the kind we expect to see from him, he was given a part of the net and he hit what was given to him. Perhaps more importantly, they shut the Oilers down, holding onto that lead.

Things I liked to see tonight:
All of the Detroit goals. Cop out answer but each was very nice in its own way. I already mentioned the last three goals, even Franzen's tip from in front is something that hasn't been going in for the Wings lately. And let's be honest, even Sam Gagner's breakway was a pretty goal - it would have been fun to see if it weren't scored on Detroit.

Jonathan Ericsson's play - for the most part. Aside from one play, Ericsson had a really solid night. Sadly, I'll get to that one play below.

Joey MacDonald didn't see a lot of shots but he's making saves when he needs to. Not bad for a third-stringer when your starter is hurt and your backup has no confidence.

Things I didn't like:
Justin Abdelkader got his ass kicked in the early fight.

The first Edmonton goal. Yeah, I mentioned it as being pretty, but it never should have happened. I debated about this during the game with @onthewings and @wingingitmotown and I think there's plenty of blame to go around on this one but it mostly falls in one spot.

First off, I feel like MacDonald committed too early. That said, it was a breakaway at that point so I can't fault him much. How did Gagner get that open? A mess at the Detroit bench. Jakub Kindl and Ericsson both went for a change. Kindl got off the ice but Ian White didn't get on quickly. Meanwhile Ericsson challenged Ben Eager to a fight (which didn't happen) after Eager hit Danny Cleary. The way I see it, White might have been able to prevent the breakaway but probably not. Ericsson could have either gotten off the ice or stayed in the play and broken things up. He did neither, so he gets most of the blame from me.

The last thing I didn't like? The goalie interference call on Tomas Holmstrom. While it's a chance to show off the new DH.N Multimedia Archive, I just see it as a horrible call.

To end on a high note... Eighteen consecutive wins at home. That's a nice little run there.

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It's been over half a week, so it must be time for the Red Wings to play Edmonton again. This time Detroit hosts the Oilers in the first game of a six-game homestand.

The Red Wings will start Joey MacDonald in goal for the second consecutive game, leading more credence to the idea that Ty Conklin is done in Detroit. Nikolai Khabibulin will get the nod for the Oilers after Devan Dubnyk had beaten the Wings last Saturday.

Brad Stuart is back in on the Detroit blue line, bumping Mike Commodore out of the lineup. Jan Mursak is the other healthy scratch for the Wings.

Game time is 7:30 PM on FS+.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/8/2012 at 6:31 PM

 

Abs kinda got his ass kicked there. Interested in seeing the replay to see what brought that on.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/8/2012 at 7:49 PM

 

Is it me? Or is our timing little off?

Posted by SYfanSD on 2/8/2012 at 7:59 PM

 

Score!!! I really wish Nick would go on a point streak. Call me selfish, I want to see a Wing tied or beat one of the all-time greats in the total amount of Norris Trophies.

Posted by SYfanSD on 2/8/2012 at 8:08 PM

 

Hell of a PK. Might have been Ericsson's best shift in years.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/8/2012 at 8:14 PM

 

One area that I see us screw up more often than not is the last minute of a period. Do they realize the game or period goes until the final bell?

Posted by SYfanSD on 2/8/2012 at 8:21 PM

 

Can someone tell me the name of the song played in the last commercial?

Posted by SYfanSD on 2/8/2012 at 8:23 PM

 

Nice shot by Emmerton driving in like that. Not a lot of time to make the play.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/8/2012 at 8:41 PM

 

One area that I see us screw up more often than not is the last minute of a period. Do they realize the game or period goes until the final bell?


Budd Lynch goals have killed the Wings this year.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/8/2012 at 8:42 PM

 

I love when Nick drives the net!

Posted by SYfanSD on 2/8/2012 at 8:43 PM

 

Ericsson can't decide what kind of game he's having. Stupid to try to fight there, leaving Gagner open.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/8/2012 at 8:57 PM

 

Weak

Posted by SYfanSD on 2/8/2012 at 9:01 PM

 

Ericsson???? Can you be any weaker on coverage?

Posted by SYfanSD on 2/8/2012 at 9:02 PM

 

This game should be 4-1...

Posted by SYfanSD on 2/8/2012 at 9:06 PM

 

Reputation call...

Posted by SYfanSD on 2/8/2012 at 9:07 PM

 

Officiating to end the period was awful.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/8/2012 at 9:15 PM

 

Cleary out for the third, lower body injury. Great.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/8/2012 at 9:32 PM

 

Ugh. I don't even know what to say about that.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/8/2012 at 9:46 PM

 

Miller on fire.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/8/2012 at 9:50 PM

 

Hell of a shot by Zetterberg.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/8/2012 at 9:58 PM

 

Zata!

Posted by SYfanSD on 2/8/2012 at 9:58 PM

 

I was beginning to fear the 3-2 stat.

Posted by SYfanSD on 2/8/2012 at 9:59 PM

 
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