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Oilers need to be revved up

DEREK VAN DIEST, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:37 AM ET

DETROIT -- For the most part, the Edmonton Oilers were happy with their effort in Saturday's 3-2 shootout loss to the Colorado Avalanche.

But this is a results-oriented business, and tonight the Oilers are heading into a building where results are hard to come by as they take on the Detroit Red Wings.

"We're going to have to play better than we have all year if we're going to be successful," said Oilers captain Ethan Moreau.

"We're going to have to play a lot better defensively. We're going to have to do a lot better job in our own end."

WON TWICE

The Oilers took a pair of games off the Red Wings last year, winning both in a shootout, once at home and once on the road.

The Red Wings are once again one of the top teams in the conference and favoured to defend their Stanley Cup title. They have only two regulation losses this season.

"We have to be in the right spots and try to stay out of the penalty box," said Oilers head coach Craig MacTavish.

"Their power play is operating at close to 33%, so you have to stay out of the box and you have to protect the middle of the ice.

"They try to get you on the outside, then they get you apart in the middle of the ice.

"We've had success against them in the past, but they're a tough team."

ROLI TO START

Dwayne Roloson is expected to get the start in goal again for the Oilers. He made 30 saves in the loss to the Avalanche.

"Roli's played well in Detroit in the past," MacTavish said. "I thought he played well (Saturday) night."

Kyle Brodziak, who was a healthy scratch on Saturday, is expected to get back in the lineup tonight most likely in favour of Jesse Boulerice, who made his Oilers debut Saturday.


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