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Date: November 23rd 2002 Arena: Skyreach Centre

The Oilers:
have lost as many games as they've won and are near the bottom of their division. Edmonton is not in nearly as bad shape as Calgary, who they just played on the road and beat 3-1 giving them a two game wining streak. They have two on the injured list; Jiri Dopita with a Knee problem and possibly Kari Haakana with an undiscolsed injury.

The Red Wings: Just got smeared by Vancouver and should be on their toes in Edmonton. Both teams are good at short handed goals but Detroit was unable to generate anything against the Canucks during several PK's, let alone playing full strength. Besides still missing Yzerman and Fischer, it appears that Shanahan will miss another game on account of his wifes pregnency.

Team GP W L T OTL Pts
Detroit 19 11 6 2 0 24
Edmonton 20 8 3 3 1 20

Date: November 22nd 2002 Arena: General Motors Place

The Canucks:
are a fairly close match up on the stats charts. Vancouver has been slightly better on road games than the Wings. The Canucks aren't as good on the power play, but they are number one in the league at penalty killing. Forward Matt Cooke is currently the only player who may be sidelined on Fridays game.

The Red Wings: had an easy time of it against Calgary and have won the past five games. Add those factors together with a team like Vancouver and their streak could come to an end on Friday. On the plus side, the Canucks haven't been as good on home ice this season, their power play and save percentage could use work. Detroit has solid net minding and are playing more consistent every game. Call me biased but I think it'll be close but look for the Wings to notch another win.

Date: November 19th 2002 Arena: Pengrowth Saddledome

The Flames: are fighting with Edmonton over last place in the northwest Division.They've been virtually scoreless in their current five game losing streak. The last time they met the Wings, back on October 21st, Calgary lost 0-4. I wouldn't look for them to break their slump tonight.
On the plus side it looks like goalie Roman Turek may be back in front of the net. He's been out since getting a shutout against Buffalo on Halloween night. Jamie McLennan, however, has done an excellent job in his stead so Tureks return may not make big of an impact.
On the minus side, defenceman Robyn Regehr suffered an injury to his left hand and is not expected to play. Also forward Jarome Iginla is suffering from a groin injury,but is expected to continue playing.

The Red Wings: are on a four game winning streak and look to make it five tonight. Currently their leading the league in short handed goals, and it looks like their team play woes have been solved for the most part. They've also beefed up their defense with the acquisition of defenseman Jason Woolley.

Date: October 17th 2002 Arena: Joe Lewis

Montreal Canadiens: the Habs will be on the road Tuesday to play the Flyers before coming to Detriot on Thursday. The Canadiens started of the season with a win against the Rangers, but lost their home opener 6-1 against the Sabers. On the injured list are Right Wing Mike Ribiero with a fractured collarbone, who is expected to be out until early December. Also Veteran Right wing Randy McKay is sidelined until at least mid-October with a hairline fracture in his left foot.

The Red Wings: even with one of the best pk units in the league, need to stay out of the penalty box. Too many power play opportunities have been given away in the last three games. That is what hurt them the most in Saturdays loss to L.A., and Montreal will be just as unforgiving. Otherwise they should be well rested and ready for the home opener in the Joe.

Date: October 13th 2002 Arena: Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim

The Mighty Ducks: are coming off a loss to Dallas on Friday night, so I wouldn't be surprised if they come out with some jump and determination. The Ducks have made some positive roster changes in the off season and currently only have one injury. Defenseman Pavel Trnka is expected to be out with a strained groin until at least mid-October.

The Red Wings: are better on the pp and pk and like the Ducks are coming off a loss. Look for the Wings to settle down tonight and show Anaheim what great goal scoring is all about.

Date: October 12th 2002 Arena: Los Angeles Staples Center

The Kings: have started the season on an opening night win against Phoenix. The dogs were pretty sloppy and the Kings capitalized on every mistake. Los Angeles made it to the first round last year but were taken out by the Avalanche. LA is a solid team that is looking to be more aggressive on the forecheck this season. The only significant injury they have is Defenseman Aaron Miller who is expected to be out until late October with a hernia.

The Red Wings: the first game showed just how much the obstruction crackdown really favors them. Sergei Fedorov sweeping through the neutral zone to score two goals against the Sharks, and a couple of nice steals allowing Kirk Maltby to score short handed. Injuries: Steve Yzerman (knee) could be back by Xmas, and Boyd Devereaux (thumb) is expected to be out till late October.

I expect that on Saturday the Kings will play a tight game, it'll be low scoring and the start of a win streak for the Wings!

Date: October 10th 2002 Arena: San Jose Compaq Center


The Sharks: their performance so far has been 3-5-1, much of which is undoubtly preseason tinkering. But their already showing signs of wear, with Left Winger Scott Thorton out due to shoulder pain, Owen Nolan nursing a back injury and Marco Sturm recuperating from a groin injury. Thornton had off season surgery on his shoulder, but has been playing in the preseason games.

The Red Wings: with 6-2-1 in the preseason, are doing fine so far without Bowman, Yzerman or Hasek. The Wings made a solid choice in Dave Lewis for Head Coach and the aquisition of another cup hungry goal tender (Curtis Joseph) seems only logical. What remains to be seen is how the team will hold up without Yzerman on the ice.


2001-2002 Regular Season Standings Win Lose Tie OTL Points
Detroit Red Wings
51
17
10
4
116
San Jose Sharks
44
27
8
3
99


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