Oilers vs. Red Wings Recap 2.8.2012

Home winning streak extended to 18 games. For a while there I thought Detroit’s bad luck would add up and cost them the game, but they stuck with it and got the 4-1 win.

Full recap after the jump:

The power play strikes again, but still needs a lot of work. Not enough good looks at the net and when the looks happen, Detroit is fanning on the puck or just missing the net. Nice to still be winning during this slump, but the power play must improve before April.

The PK was great tonight. Edmonton got one goal on how many power plays? A billion? And not even a scoring chance on the 5 on 3. Way to go, PK. Who was our best penalty killer tonight? My vote is for Stuart. He almost always finds a way to clear the puck. Always finds the open lane.

Our third and fourth lines continue to impress. I get the feeling that Miller brings it a little extra when he plays against his old Spartan buddies. Either way, great to see him and Abdelkader have big nights.

Holmstrom’s penalty was a joke. Nothing else really needs to be said about it, but I’ll go on anyways. Does the NHL not show video of the penalties these refs call? Because if they do, they have to see how many times he gets called unjustly. So, maybe he doesn’t have a reputation for interfering with goalies? Maybe, just maybe, the NHL has a reputation for making bad calls against him? Yeah…

Pavel is snake bitten.

Great to see Hank bury one. Typical Zetterberg goal, too. Using time and space to make the goalie commit, then scoring like it’s easy. He’s too awesome to be held in check forever.

Ericsson had a great night, but I do have to mention the first goal against. Eager’s hit was clean. It was the open door that hurt Cleary. Ericsson fell into the “you can’t hit my friends clean” trap and was way out of position. It doesn’t erase another strong performance, but I can’t help but notice that he’s making at least one horrible mistake per game these days. Only playing with Commie seems to stop those mistakes.

By the way, it sounds like Cleary will be out a few games. We’ll keep you posted.

How many teams have a third string goalie that can give up 4 goals in 2 starts? (Hint: Not Chicago)

NOHS Three Stars of the Game:

First Star: Justin Abdelkader. He went face first towards the net twice, recorded 2 assists and got into another fight. I could get used to that.

Second Star: Drew Miller: Another GWG for Miller against the Oilers. Could Miller be an Oiler killer? I’d prefer a Blackhawk killer or a Penguin killer, but for that can hit, he can kill whatever team he wants.

Third Star: Joey MacDonald. He wasn’t spectacular, but he didn’t need to be. He was just good. All we need is good.

NOHS Favorite Moment of the Game: Abdelkader’s big hit on Hall. Hall was like a squirrel caught in the middle of the road. Do I go left? Right? Left? Right? Le– SPLAT.

Next game is Friday against the Ducks. Puck drops at 7:30 EST. Wings will be looking for their 19th straight at home. You don’t disgrace the number 19, folks. You just don’t do it.