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Game 13: The Ugly Wins Count

Edmonton is now 8-3-1. It's a much better looking record than 7-4-1 and it's not how you got there, just that you did. The Oilers won an ugly game in Brooklyn on Saturday versus the New York Islanders and they'll get a chance to move up in the standings again as they take on a Detroit team who has lost four in a row.

Both teams started the season hot and both have since cooled. Edmonton was able to rebound with a win yesterday and while it wasn't pretty. They'll take it. I'm sure they'd take an ugly win in Detroit too.


Recalls


Part of what made the win so ugly was that Edmonton took some major hits to their lineup. The Oilers lost Jesse Puljujarvi to a knee-on-knee hit, Zack Kassian to an undisclosed injury and the Oilers were without Kris Russell. All injuries don't appear to be severe, but it leaves Edmonton with potentially a shortened bench on Sunday and short at the right wing position.

Edmonton has recalled Dillon Simpson and if Russell is unable to go, Simpson could get in the game on Sunday. The Oilers have also called up forward Taylor Beck. Whether he gets to Detroit in time and sees any real action against the Red Wings is still unclear. We may however see Anton Slepyshev suit up in place of Zack Kassian. Jesse Puljujarvi still may be a game time decision.

Goaltending

Cam Talbot, has started all 12 of the games the Oilers have played.  Tonight it appears to be Jonas Gustavsson who gets the start. The last time we saw Gustavsson he left the net seconds after he took the cage. He was rattled by Adam Larsson and left with concussion issues.

With the Oilers being tired, playing an early game of a back-to-back and running Jonas Gustavsson, it could be a long night. I don't expect a win, but will be pleasantly surprised if they get one. 9-3-1 would look great.

SHOOT THE PUCK!


One of the best ways to help them get there is to shoot the puck! The golden opportunities the Oilers passed up to make that extra pass on Saturday could have easily cost them the game. If Edmonton hopes to stand a chance tonight, when the opportunity to shoot is available, they need to take it. Matthew Benning did and he got two assists.

Detroit is a team that is apt to give up shots against. They rank 5th in the NHL, allowing opponents 33.0 shots per. They also don't shoot the puck all that often and if the Oilers can take an early lead int he game with 15 shots or so, they stand a decent chance.

But, who cares what I think right? For now, I'll just keep my mouth shut until I feel like spilling my guts again.





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