Coming off a disappointing performance against the Florida Panthers, the Oilers begin a three-game Eastern road trip tonight from Detroit. For an Oilers team that is coming off a poor performance, this is a great matchup for them. The Red Wings have lost eight in a row and have been outscored 34-13 in that span.
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Head Coach Dave Tippett is going to the blender tonight as the Oilers ‘bottom-nine’ will look very different than it did on Sunday afternoon. Mikko Koskinen will also put his 5-0-0 record on the line tonight as he gets the start after stopping 13/15 shots in his relief appearance against the Panthers. For an Oilers team that is looking to get going offensively, tonight might be their best opportunity to do so.
I go through all the numbers you’ll need to get set for tonight’s game, dissect the Oilers’ new line combinations, and take a look at how the struggling Red Wings will line up tonight which is missing two of their regular forwards and one of their top-four defensemen.
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