Edmonton Oilers (4-3-3, 11 pts) at Detroit Red Wings (5-4-1, 11 pts)
Joe Louis Arena – Detroit, MI
Game Time: 2:00 p.m. ET
TV: FOX Sports Detroit, CBC
Radio: WXYT-FM 97.1 in Detroit (click here for affiliates)
Favorite: Red Wings by 1.5 (+185)
Points are at a premium in this lockout-shortened season. That makes what the Edmonton Oilers have done of late all the more important. Injuries have taken a toll on the Oilers who have dropped four straight games. But they have managed to squeeze out a point in three of those by losing in overtime rather than regulation.
So despite having won one fewer games than the Red Wings through the same total number of games played, the Oilers have matched the Wings’ 11 points in the Western Conference standings. With just four points separating sixth through last place in the conference, the two points at stake today are of huge importance to both teams.
The Oilers expect Ryan Nugent-Hopkins back in the lineup while the Red Wings will have Jimmy Howard back between the pipes after getting his first night off of the season. Which return will propel his team to victory?
Prediction: Red Wings 3, Oilers 2