Friday NHL odds: Detroit Red Wings at Edmonton Oilers
Detroit enters on a three-game losing streak. It fell 5-2 at Calgary on Wednesday night in the start of a three-game trip through Canada. Niklas Kronwall and Valterri Filppula scored for Detroit (12-10-5), which is in seventh place in the Western Conference. Detroit goalie Jonas Gustavsson struggled in his end. The Red Wings held a 38-22 edge in shots. They did snap an 0-for-37 mark in road power plays. Detroit had amassed 69 minutes, 20 seconds in road power-play time before Filppula’s second period goal. It was the worst start to a season since the 1928-29 Detroit Cougars, who played a 44-game schedule, failed to score a road power-play goal the entire campaign.
Edmonton has won two straight, including upsetting the Chicago Blackhawks. On Tuesday the Oilers blanked Colorado 4-0. Oilers captain Shawn Horcoff scored a goal in his second straight game back from the injury and Devan Dubnyk stopped 36 shots for his first shutout in nearly a year. Sam Gagner, Magnus Paajarvi and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins also scored for the Oilers, who went 3-4-2 on their franchise-record nine-game, 17-day road trip. Gagner leads the Oilers in goals and points, with 10 and 26, respectively, in 26 games this season. He’s been held pointless in just five games this season.
The Oilers assigned backup goaltender Yann Danis to the Oklahoma City Barons after the game, which means Nikolai Khabibulin will at least be on the bench for Friday’s game.. He had left the team during the road trip to attend to a groin injury.
Edmonton visited Detroit on that road trip, losing 3-0 on March 7. Jimmy Howard made 22 saves, and Jakub Kindl and Cory Emmerton scored in the second period to lift the Red Wings. Detroit is 10-0-1 in its last 11 regular-season games against Edmonton. Howard has given up just one goal in two games vs. the Oilers this year, while Pavel Datsyuk has a goal and two assists. Howard has been battling the flu, which led to Gustavsson starting in Calgary. He allowed five goals on just 22 shots against the Flames, dropping his record to 1-2-1 with a putrid .878 save percentage. Howard certainly will play in this one.
WagerWeb.com trends: Red Wings are 6-20 in their last 26 road games. Red Wings are 0-5 in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a losing home record. Oilers are 1-5 in their last 6 vs. Central. Oilers are 1-5 in their last 6 games playing on 2 days rest. Red Wings are 10-1 in the last 11 meetings. Under is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.