NHL Hockey

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Final 1 2 3 Tot
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Edmonton 0 0 2 2
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6:00 PM PT7:00 PM MT8:00 PM CT9:00 PM ET2:00 GMT10:00 7:00 PM MST9:00 PM EST6:00 UAE (+1)21:00 ETNaN:� BRT, January 22, 2019
Rogers Place, Edmonton, Alberta  Attendance: 18,347

Red Wings limp into Edmonton before break

Detroit Red Wings at Edmonton Oilers

  1. The Red Wings fell to the Canucks, 3-2, in Vancouver on Sunday, dropping to 3-9-2 in their last 14 games. Since December 8, they're 1-12-3 when allowing at least three goals.
  2. Thomas Vanek had a goal and an assist Sunday and has six points (3g, 3a) in his last four games. He has also now reached 10 goals in each of his 14 NHL seasons -- only Patrick Marleau (21), Marian Gaborik (17) and Eric Staal (15) have longer streaks among active skaters.
  3. Edmonton won 4-3 in Detroit on November 3 and are 5-1-1 in the series since the start of the 2015-16 season. The Wings, though, are 7-2-1 in Edmonton since the 2010-11 season and won 4-0 in their most recent visit in November 2017.
  4. The Oilers lost to the Hurricanes, 7-4, on Sunday, the third time since December 29 that they've allowed seven goals. They hadn't previously done so even once this season. They've allowed 45 goals since December 29, tied for the most in the NHL.
  5. Leon Draisaitl had a pair of goals and an assist against Carolina. He now has 26 goals this season, surpassing his total of 25 from last season and leaving him three shy of tying his career high of 29, set in 2016-17.
  6. Detroit has a -19 goal differential in the second period this season, tied with Anaheim for the worst in the league. The Oilers also have not been great with the long change -- their -9 differential ranks 25th in the NHL.

The Detroit Red Wings will have nine days off to get away from the frustration that has built up this season. First, they will try to give themselves a little boost when they play at Edmonton on Tuesday.

The Wings will be playing their final game prior to the All-Star break and it can't come soon enough for a team enduring one of their worst seasons in decades. Detroit (18-25-7) has won just four of its last 19 games.

The Red Wings came up empty on the first two games of their current three-game trip. They fell 6-4 to Calgary on Friday and allowed two third-period goals in a 3-2 defeat at Vancouver on Sunday.

"We were OK, but OK doesn't get the job done again," wing Thomas Vanek said on NHL.com.

"It's just very frustrating right now when you play good hockey, played good in Calgary for the most part, played really good (Sunday) again, and the result isn't there. ... It's tough right now, but hopefully those bounces will come our way soon."

Ineffectiveness on man-advantages has been a major issue throughout the season. The Wings ranked 25th in the league in power play percentage at 16.5 through Sunday's games. They went 0-for-3 on the power play in Vancouver.

"We've got to score on the power play," coach Jeff Blashill told NHL.com.

"That's an area where, to be up a little bit more, one area is the power play. I think the power plays were fine (on Sunday). It wasn't a process standpoint, but you got to score. Our guys are in those spots because they're guys we think can score and are offensive and they got to find a way to score."

On a team without a lot of firepower, the Wings can't afford to rely on even-strength situations.

"Specialty teams, each and every night, they're huge," wing Justin Abdelkader said. "If you win the specialty teams battle, a lot of nights you can win the game."

Edmonton won the first meeting in Detroit 4-3 on Nov. 3 behind two Kyle Brodziak goals.

The Oilers (23-23-3) have dropped to the .500 mark by losing their last two games, both at home. They fell 5-2 to Calgary on Saturday and 7-4 to Carolina on Sunday.

Edmonton gave up six goals in the first two periods. The lone bright spot was Leon Draisaitl, who scored twice, including his 100th career goal.

"It's frustrating," Draisaitl told the team's website. "We take two steps ahead, and then two steps back. one ahead, one back. Go up, go down ... we got to figure it out."

Coach Ken Hitchcock vowed to make changes afterward, particularly on the back line.

"We got two experienced defensemen and it's their turn to play; that's (Kevin) Gravel and (Alexander) Petrovic," Hitchcock said.

"They got to play. That's number one. Number two, we have to get ourselves more organized in our transition game ... our transition game is so slow right now and so deliberate that we just get covered over."

--Field Level Media

Updated January 21, 2019

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