The Red Wings flew high Saturday and weren't mired in Oil with a resounding 8-3 win .
DETROIT (AP) — The Red Wings scored three times in the first six minutes and Brian Rafalski, Maria Hossa and Pavel Datsyuk each had a goal and an assist to lift Detroit to an 8-3 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday.
So is the poor play of the Wings over or did they just play a poor team? No disrespect to the Oilers but the Wings seem to match up well with Edmonton this year. Wings won 4-0 and 4-3 in two November games.
Is this finally the start of the Wings playing like a team ready to repeat or just an aberration?
Although the Wings won Monday and Wednesday they didn't look particularly strong doing so, and they certainly didn't look like a team wanting to repeat as Cup champions.
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"It's not the way we want to win but we're still able to win games," (Nicklas) Lidstrom said. "We're still working at details in our game that could be better."
Anyway, Sunday's game at Pittsburgh, as the second half of a back-to-back, might be a better indicator for the Wings, not that the Penguins are playing particularly well, but they should be more rested than the Wings. It will be an interesting game.