Edmonton (8-7-2) at Detroit (11-2-3), 7:30 pm EST
DETROIT (Ticker) — The Detroit Red Wings have claimed they are
not happy with their play thus far. A recent string of success
may force them to change that opinion.
Looking for their fifth win in six games, the Red Wings host the
Edmonton Oilers in a battle of Western Conference foes Monday.
During their recent hot stretch, the Red Wings’ lone blemish
came against the Pittsburgh Penguins, a 7-6 overtime loss on
November 11. In that contest, they squandered a three-goal lead
in the third period and fizzled against the team they thwarted
in the Stanley Cup Finals last season.
“It’s uncharacteristic, the way we’ve been playing without the
puck in our own zone,” Detroit goaltender Chris Osgood told the
Detroit Free Press after the loss. “Are we going to play like
this in April? No, I 100 percent guarantee that.
“When you look back on these games, it’ll probably be a good
thing for us. They taught us a lesson, slapped us down a bit.”
Osgood will be in goal for Monday’s game after sitting in favor
of backup Ty Conklin in Detroit’s 3-2 win over the Florida
Panthers on Friday.
The 35-year-old Osgood earned his 370th career victory in a 3-2
win in Tampa Bay on Thursday, passing Tom Barrasso for 14th
place on the all-time list. He needs two more to tie Andy Moog
Osgood’s 7-1-3 record this season disguises that he is
struggling with a 3.31 goals-against average.
“Just tired of letting in three goals,” Osgood told the Free
Press. “You like winning. Winning is great and our record is
good, but it comes to a point where you get frustrated and
enough is enough.”
Osgood will have a golden opportunity to sort out his troubles
against the Oilers, who have dropped two straight games and four
of their last six. They have been quiet on offense, scoring
nine goals in the last four contests.
Edmonton is coming off a 3-2 shootout loss to the Colorado
Avalanche on Saturday after falling, 5-2, to the Toronto Maple
Leafs two days earlier.