The Red Wings entered Sunday’s contest on a four game losing streak. After a day off, the Wings would play host to the Western Conference leading Edmonton Oilers. It was the only time this season that Connor McDavid and friends would visit Joe Louis Arena and they entered the contest looking to pull ahead of the Chicago Blackhawks in the standings. The Red Wings, for their part, were just looking to gain some momentum after a late third period breakdown on Friday against the WInnipeg Jets. How did the teams fare? Let’s find out.
After a slow start in which the Oilers took the first five shots of the game, the Red Wings struck first. Eric Gryba was in the box for interfering on Gustav Nyquist and Justin Abldelkader picked up the rebound on a Brendan Smith shot from the point. He shoveled it into the net for his second goal in two games.
Abby on the power play ?? pic.twitter.com/6NJRuaOcgy
— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) November 6, 2016
— OilersNation.com (@OilersNation) November 6, 2016
Despite trailing in shots on goal, the Red Wings were keeping up, for the most part. But when you’re down in third period, you can’t allow your opponent to outplay you for most of the period. If Detroit wants to start winning again, they have to play a full sixty minutes of hockey. Forty won’t cut it.
Motor City MVP
Tonight’s Motor City MVP is Jimmy Howard. With 26 saves on the night, Howard kept the Red Wings in the game through the second and third periods. Once again, his team did not provide him with the scoring support needed to win the game.
Tomorrow, the Wings will travel to the City of Brotherly Love for a game on Tuesday against the Philadelphia Flyers. The Wings are looking to exact revenge after the Flyers downed them 4-3 in OT last week. Puck drop is 7 PM. You can watch on FS-D or CSN-PH. Be sure to check back Tuesday morning for the Wings Nation pregame by Brock Seguin.