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At a Glance: Edmonton Oilers

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Friday, 02.8.2013 / 12:00 AM ET / News
By Bill Roose  - Managing Editor | DetroitRedWings.com
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At a Glance: Edmonton Oilers

DETROIT –If it’s extra hockey that you like, look no further then the Edmonton Oilers, who’ve gone to overtime or shoot-outs six times already this season.

Despite having a roster that consists of 40 percent former first-round draft picks, the young and talented Oilers (4-3-3) have struggled lately, getting outshot by double-digits in five of the last seven games.

“They probably got one or two more first-rounders for this year,” Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg said. “They seem like they pop out new guys every year and they still have those guys from 4-5 years ago that came in as first-rounders. They should be better.

“I haven’t seen much of them so I can’t say how they’ve been doing this year, but they’re really skilled and if you let them play their game they’re a difficult team play against.”

Led by young 20-somethings Jordan Eberle and Taylor Hall, as well as 19-year-olds Nail Yakupov and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins – all former first-rounders – the Oilers have a terrific cast of up-and-comers posed to get Edmonton back to the Stanley Cup playoffs for the time since losing to Carolina in the Cup finals. Of course, that spring brings back particularly sour memories for the Wings, who were bounced from the playoffs by the Oilers, who were the eighth seed in the Western Conference.

Though they are 1-1-3 in their last five, the Oilers should be fun to watch when they play the Red Wings in a Saturday matinee at Joe Louis Arena.

PLAYER TO WATCH

Nail Yakupov
Right Wing - EDM
GOALS: 5 | ASST: 3 | PTS: 8
SOG: 18 | +/-: -6
RW NAIL YAKUPOV -- Last summer’s first overall pick in the draft, Yakupov (5G, 3A), who is represented by sports agent and former Red Wings hall-of-fame center Igor Larionov, has registered at least one point in six straight contests for the Oilers. Yakupov’s speed and offensive flair can change the tide of a game in one shift. The former Sarnia Sting star is currently tied with Tampa Bay’s Cory Conacher and St. Louis’s Vladimir Tarasenko for the league’s rookie lead in goals.

NUMEROLOGY

Season Series: 0-0-0

2011-12 Season Series: 3-0-1

All-Time Series Record: 56-36-13-11

Edmonton’s 2011-12 Season Record: 29-46-7

Top Scorer vs. Red Wings: Sam Gagner – 4 Goals, 2 Assists in 4 Games

Red Wings’ Top Scorer – Henrik Zetterberg – 1 Goal, 5 Assists in 4 Games

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
T. Tatar 5 0 3 1 3
M. Green 5 1 1 -1 2
A. Athanasiou 5 1 0 1 1
G. Nyquist 5 1 0 2 1
H. Zetterberg 5 1 0 3 1
J. Abdelkader 5 1 0 -3 1
B. Richards 5 1 0 -4 1
D. Helm 5 1 0 -1 1
D. Larkin 5 1 0 -2 1
N. Kronwall 5 0 1 3 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 1 2 0 .945 1.36
J. Howard 0 2 0 .891 3.59