The Wings face a familiar foe Tuesday: Edmonton. Detroit lost to Edmonton about a week ago in a shootout - after scoring with a second left in regulation to tie the game.
The Wings will be playing with a "chip on their shoulder" - no doubt. This is the last of four regular season matches between Edmonton and Detroit. Edmonton is 3-0 this season. So, there is plenty for the Wings to play for on top of their fight for playoff position and the recent shootout loss. Of course, the dead-last Oilers will have absolutely nothing to play for but their pride.
What to watch for:
The Mule and friends. Honestly, I feel a blowout brewing in Detroit. Johan Franzen should have a couple goals up his sleeve. I call on Franzen because I feel Edmonton is the type of team a guy like the Mule should be able to take it to the net against. The Oilers' defense is weak - understatement.
Sure, Edmonton will be playing a wide open hockey game - shit, why don't they just pull their goalie at the beginning of the game? But, Detroit will be ready to unleash some offense after such a conservative game against Nashville. This game could be 7-1, or even 7-6 if Edmonton gets a few lucky goals. Basically, Detroit can play a wide open hockey game and still get back for some defense and bank on some saves from Jimmy. If Edmonton allows this game to break wide open they are screwed. But like I stated, they have no reason not to run around.
Here we go. Detroit needs to sprint into the playoffs for once.