The Oilers are coming off their 9 game, 16 day road trip where they finished with 3-4-2 record. They did finish the trek strong with wins against the Chicago Blackhawks and Colorado Avalanche in the final two contests. They currently sit 12th in the jam packed Western Conference with 25 points. They will be looking to put some points together with seven of their next nine games at home.
The Wings have dropped to 9th in the west, however only a point out of 5th, going 5-3-2 in their last ten and coming off a 5-2 loss to the Calgary Flames. They sit with 29 points.
The Oilers will also looking to avenge an 0-2 record against Detroit this season, as they dropped the previous two contests in Detroit earlier this year. The Oilers look to be relatively healthy coming back home, as Nikolai Khabibulin and Mark Fistric have both been activated from the IR. Khabibulin is set to back up Devan Dubnyk tonight and Fistric could also make his return to the lineup. That’s leaves just Eric Belanger as the lone remaining IR member of the Oilers.
Other than Belanger it should be all hands on deck for the Oilers, who will no doubt go with a similar lineup to the one that won in Colorado, which means Teemu Hartikainen could be the healthy scratch again for tonight. If Fistric does return to the lineup Ralph Krueger will also have a decision to make on the blue line, where last game Theo Peckham was a scratch and Corey Potter was in on the third pairing with Ryan Whitney. He will now have eight healthy defencemen.
GOALTENDERS: looks like Jimmy Howard for the Wings, he was out with the flu against the Flames and looks like he’ll be good to go. Devan Dubnyk is likely to get the start for the Oilers after winning his last two starts.
Detroit: Will be without Carlo Colaiacovo (shoulder), Darren Helm (back), Todd Bertuzzi (back) and Mikael Samuelsson (hand).
Edmonton: Belanger (groin).