Howard Stops 24 as Red Wings Blank Oilers

Detroit goaltender Jimmy Howard stopped all 24 shots he faced Friday night, leading the Red Wings to a 3-0 win over the Edmonton Oilers to stretch the team's winning streak to three games.

Howard outdueled Edmonton goalie Nikolai Khabibulin, who carried a goals against average of 0.98 into the game. Khabibulin stopped 27 of the Red Wings' 30 shots.

Drew Miller was the first to beat Khabibulin with 9:25 left in the first period. Patrick Eaves threw a shot towards the goal and the puck deflected off the skate of defenseman Tom Gilbert to Miller in the slot. Miller swatted it back past Khabibulin to get Detroit on the board.

It was 2-0 just 2:05 into the second period when a Niklas Kronwall blast beat Khabibulin top shelf from high between the faceoff circles.

Valtteri Filppula finished off the scoring with 5:08 left in regulation, tipping the puck past Khabibulin on a two-on-one with Henrik Zetterberg.

The Red Wings did not score a power play goal on the night. They had six tries with the power play to Edmonton's three.

The Wings are back in action on Saturday when they host the Dallas Stars in the final game of their six-game homestand.


Notes: Justin Abdelkader fought Lennart Petrell early in the second period... Todd Bertuzzi sat out his third consecutive game with a head injury... Fabian Brunnstrom and Mike Commodore were healthy scratches.

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Kicking off tonight's game thread a bit early as I'm headed to the Joe tonight and don't know when else I can do this.

The big mid-day news is that Henrik Zetterberg is now questionable for tonight's game with a "mid-body injury" (a new one by almost all of Twitter, it would seem). Luckily, Patrick Eaves is back in the Detroit lineup and Fabian Brunnstrom hasn't been sent back to the Griffins yet, so the Wings have a body ready to go if Zetterberg can't.

Jakub Kindl stays in on the blue line, meaning Mike Commodore is a healthy scratch. Jimmy Howard gets the start.

On the Oilers' side of things, Nikolai Khabibulin has been off to a stellar start and gets the nod tonight. Two shutouts and a GAA under 1.00 for Khabibulin. The Edmonton offense has only produced 36 goals on the season, though, good for six-worst in the Western Conference (ignoring that two of the teams worse than them have played fewer games - one of which is Detroit).

Game time is 7:30 PM. TV is FSD.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 11/11/2011 at 2:17 PM

 

I'm so jealous you are at the game!!!! <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/smile.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.png" /> Wings look strong on the puck but there have been a few questionable calls. Let's finish strong!

Posted by SYfanSD on 11/11/2011 at 9:39 PM

 

The Bulin Wall... Looks a little soft tonight!

Posted by SYfanSD on 11/11/2011 at 9:41 PM

 

That's two posts for Nick.... Damn!

Posted by SYfanSD on 11/11/2011 at 9:42 PM

 
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