ENS Gameday Preview: Red Wings @ Oilers
The Oil are hot.
As you already know, Edmonton swept the weekend in Calgary and Vancouver to earn their first four points of the season. I hope those chump cities are ready to hear that for the next 25 years. What a time to be an Oil fan. Yeah, our defense is still rotten, and that will get better in time, but starting this past weekend you better believe our cast of first overall picks are going to haunt idiot Flames and Canuck fans until the end of time.
The Oilers get their first taste of the Eastern Conference tonight as Detroit invades the Concrete Jungle. The Wings are off to an average start this year boasting a 3-2 record entering tonight. It’s a new era for the Wings as Jeff Blashill got the call to take over for Mike Babcock and he isn’t afraid to let his young players play. Dan Cleary was sent to the AHL and Dylan Larkin became the first teenage to make the opening roster since the 90s. He’s damn good too. No McDavid though.
Hall – RNH – Miller
Pouliot – McDavid – Yakupov
Korpikoski – Lander – Purcell
Slepyshev – Letestu – Klinkhammer
Sekera – Fayne
Klefbom – Schultz
Ference – Gryba
Andrew Miller received the first call-up from Bakersfield of this season and he draws in on the top line with Hall and Nuge. Miller is skilled and fast so I imagine he should be able to fit in the top 6 just fine.
Griffin Reinhart is banged up with some sort of injury so Andrew Ference gets his second game of the year. Lucky us.
Cam Talbot is back in goal to build off his strong start.
What Needs to Happen
The Oilers will need to be ready to go from the puck drop to kick this home stand off on the right foot. Detroit plays a fast game so it will be important for the Oil to be responsible with the puck and get rid of it before the Wings are able to use their speed to force turnovers.
Edmonton managed the puck much better over the weekend than we’ve seen in years so let’s pray that Friggin’ Todd can instill that into their game permanently.
What Can’t Happen
What is Going to Happen
The boys stay hot and get rolling out of the gate early. Hall and McDavid both light the lamp en route to a 5-2 win to kick off the home stand. Yak with 3.