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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 - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 77 17 49 -6 66
P. Datsyuk 63 26 39 12 65
T. Tatar 82 29 27 6 56
G. Nyquist 82 27 27 -11 54
J. Abdelkader 71 23 21 3 44
N. Kronwall 80 9 35 -4 44
R. Sheahan 79 13 23 -3 36
D. Helm 75 15 18 7 33
D. DeKeyser 80 2 29 11 31
S. Weiss 52 9 16 -2 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Howard 23 13 11 .910 2.44
P. Mrazek 16 9 2 .918 2.38

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