Wednesday, November 26, 2003

GameDay: vs. Edmonton (10-8-2-0), 7:30 EST

Tonight is the second of four games this season between these two teams. The Wings are looking to bounce back from their second loss to a struggling team in three games and the Oilers are coming off a 3-3 tie with the Blue Jackets yesterday. Their last loss was to the Habs in the Heritage Classic on Saturday, 4-3. The first game between these two clubs, in which the Wings led 4-2 after forty, ended in a 4-4 tie in Edmonton Dominik Hasek will be out at least three more games so either Curtis Joseph or Manny Legace will get the start in goal tonight. Hasek has been skating without pain in practice but apparently the splits and other things goalies do continue to bother him. Ray Whitney is questionable for tonight with a continuing groin problem. The Wings need this win. This upcoming week is very important with regard to the standings and a win would start them off well with what they need to do. They are trailing the Blues, who beat the Bruins last night 4-3 in OT, for first place in the Central Division by 3 points and they play St. Louis Saturday and December 4 (twice in one week). Based on the Wings' record against teams that are above .500, I expect the Wings to play a good game and hopefully, they'll earn a win.


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