Though the Oilers have won all three meetings this season against the Red Wings and have been beating some very good teams of late (San Jose and Vancouver among them), their winning streak against Detroit ends tonight.
The crystal ball is currently 2-1 in it's win/loss predictions and has even yielded some detailed scoring fortunes as well. What is particularly encouraging is that whenever the crystal ball makes an appearance, even when predicting a Wings' loss, Detroit wins the game.
Let's keep this up then!
As before, what follows is not only the final score of the game, but a detailed analysis of the matchup and, of course, the game-winning goal scorer.
Red Wings 4, Oilers 1
The Wings' will start the game on a mission. They'll fire every shot they can take at Jeff Deslauriers in the first few minutes, but to no avail.
Then, the two teams will start trading penalties (most of the touch-and-go variety). Detroit gets on the board first, late in the period, with a power-play goal.
The second period starts 1-0, but Johan Franzen quickly ups the score to 2-0 on a hard wrist shot from the top of the circles.
A few minutes later, the Oilers get a power play and jam the puck past Jimmy Howard to set the score at 2-1, and so ends the period.
The third period sees the Wings play a very conservative 1-4 breakout as they are trying to protect their one-goal lead.
However, they breathe a little easier when Patrick Eaves scores his 12th goal of the season, giving the Wings a two-goal cushion.
The Oilers mount an admirable effort to come back the rest of the period, but, with Deslauriers pulled, an empty net goal seals the deal at 4-1 Wings with Franzen's second period goal standing up as the game winner.
The crystal ball reveals different things to different people. What does it show you?