Saturday, 3 November 2018

Oilers look to continue hot streak Vs the Redwings in Hockeytown

After Wednesday’s netminder led (40 save shutout from backup goalie Mikko Koskinen) win against the Blackhawks the Oilers head to Detroit to face the Redwings.

I am predicting a win for the Oilers against a rebuilding Redwings team who have record of 4-7-2, they have however won their last 3 games so care will be needed.  It is a nice change from last year to be expecting a win.  It will be a good test for the Oilers to see if they can get results from these types of games.

The Redwings started the season 1-7-2 but have started to rebound recently capped with Thursday’s 4-3 win against the Devils.

The dangerman for the Redwings is Center Dylan Larkin, 22 and in his fourth season, he has been Detroit's best player this season with six goals and eight assists for 14 points in 13 games and been even better in the past three with two goals and five assists.  The Oilers will need to pay close attention to the speedy Larkin.

With Ty Rattie now fit and ready to play coach McLellan has some choices at right wing with Puljujarvi, Kassian, Caggiula and Chiasson all playing well against the Hawks.  With Puljujarvi already having missed games recently and Caggiula and Chiasson both in good form at the moment Kassian could be the odd man out, or perhaps Rattie doesn't go straight back into the line up.

McDavid has had a couple of quiet games (by his standards), at first I worried if this was his playing time wearing him down but apparently he suffered from some illness last weekend that has taken a little bit of polish off his game.

Expect a 4-2 Oilers win., enjoy the game.