You won't have to look far to find where the Detroit Red Wings will be getting their motivation for Wednesday's game against the Edmonton Oilers. Reeling Edmonton handed the Wings a rare defeat back on Saturday, taking home a 5-4 shootout victory against a Detroit team missing their goalkeeper Jimmy Howard.
Howard is likely still going to be out running into this game, so either Ty Conklin or Joey MacDonald will continue to try and bide time until the NHL's winningest keeper can come back from his broken finger. On the injury front for Edmonton it looks like their dynamic draft pick Ryan Nugent Hopkins might miss time because of a shoulder injury suffered against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday.
Detroit's franchise record 17 straight home wins record is still ongoing, so they can look to continue to stretch that to 18 wins against Edmonton. With 18 of their remaining games at the Joe, they'll have plenty of chances to add onto it as the season goes along; the Wings are three wins away from tying the NHL record of 20 straight victories at home. The Oil can't be looking forward to playing the game at the Joe, they're just 1-8-1 in their last 10 games on the road.