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Wrapping Up A Win Over The Edmonton Oilers

11/10/2021 at 4:13am EST

from Kevin Allen of Detroit Hockey Now,

Alex, Shut the Door

Goalie Alex Nedeljkovic made 31 saves, including a handful late in the third period when the Red Wings were simply trying to hold onto their one-goal lead. He raised his record to 3-2-2 on the season.

This is the sixth consecutive appearance this season that Nedejkovic has posted a game save percentage of .900 or better. In those six games, Nedejkovic has a save percentage of .927. He is clearly playing with confidence.

“(His goaltending) was critical,” Blashill said. “But that’s the league. You look around the league the teams at the top generally have really good goaltending. It’s what we need out of them and what’s what expect out of them and they’ve given that to us. I think we need to get better defensively. I know that actually.”

No Power Play Goals for the Oilers

That was a key factor in the win. The Oilers have the NHL’s No. 1 power play with a 46.9% efficiency. The Red Wings rank 26th in the league in penalty killing. But they killed off both of Edmonton’s power play chances in this game.

“I haven’t disliked our penalty killing,” Blashill said. “I’ve disliked the percentage (72.3%) it’s at.”

He thinks the Red Wings can have a “a real good kill by the end of the year.”

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Below, watch the extended game highlights.

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