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Saturday, November 2nd (All times Eastern)

Detroit Red Wings (8-4-2) at Edmonton Oilers (3-9-2), 10 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Edmonton Oilers try to avoid their second five-game losing streak already on the young season as they play host on Saturday night to the Detroit Red Wings.

The Oilers have lost three times in regulation during their current slide, including Tuesday's 4-0 setback to visiting Toronto. The Maple Leafs got 43 saves from James Reimer, dropping Edmonton to 1-4-0 at home this season.

With Devan Dubnyk out for a second straight game due to an ankle injury, Richard Bachman got another start. He made 47 saves in last Sunday's shootout defeat to the Los Angeles Kings, but yielded four goals on 26 shots on Tuesday.

"We got out-finished," Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins said. "We gave them three absolute gifts."

Dubnyk was able to skate with Edmonton on Thursday and could get the start tonight. He is 2-1-2 with a 2.47 goals against average in five career meetings with the Red Wings.

While Edmonton could get its No. 1 netminder back, defenseman Justin Schultz is questionable due to an undisclosed injury, while David Perron's status is also in doubt due to pain in his neck and back.

Perron did not play on Tuesday due to illness, but was unable to return to practice due to his latest issue and was set to undergo an MRI. He has two goals and nine points in 13 games this season.

The Red Wings have followed up an 0-2-2 skid by winning the first two contests of a four-game tour through Western Canada. They began the trip with a win in Vancouver and then bested the Calgary Flames 4-3 last night.

Detroit rebounded after blowing a two-goal lead, getting the winner from Justin Abdelkader as well as goals by Pavel Datsyuk, Tomas Tatar and Henrik Zetterberg. Jimmy Howard made 22 saves.

"We all worked hard out there tonight," said Howard. "It was nice to get this win since we have another one tomorrow against another tough team."

Howard will get the night off on Saturday and with backup Jonas Gustavsson out with a strained neck, Petr Mrazek will make his first start of the season with the Red Wings and third of his career.

The 21-year-old went 1-1-0 in two games during February of last season, allowing four goals on 51 shots.

Johan Franzen could sit out tonight for Detroit. He missed the Vancouver victory with an undisclosed injury, then left after just one shift last night because of illness.

The Red Wings have won four straight and 11 of their last 12 meetings with the Oilers, claiming all three matchups last season. They have won four of their past five in Edmonton, including a 3-2 overtime victory on March 15.

11/02 10:58:18 ET

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Standings

2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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Scoreboard
Local
Final
DUR 3
NOR 2
 
Final
PHI 1
ATL 0
Final
DET 7
CLE 5
Final
MIN 7
TOR 0
Final
TEX 8
SEA 6
Final
SFG 1
LOS 2
Final
SDP 1
COL 3
Final
PIT 11
MIL 2
Final
WAS 0
STL 8
Final
TAM 2
NYY 10
Final
MIN 9
TOR 5
Final
CWS 1
BOS 3
 
Final
HOU 1
KAN 5
Final
NYR 4
PHI 1
1st OT
STL 3
CHI 3
 
2nd
COL 2
MIN 2
 
1st
SJS 1
LOS 0
 
Final
DUR 3
NOR 2