The late game of the NHL tonight has the Red Wings traveling into the tundra of Canada to face the Oilers. Detroit has been a powerhouse all season, and is holding onto the top spot in the Western Conference by four points heading into tonight's game in Edmonton. 

The Oilers on the other hand are buried in the bottom of the West, with only 45 points.

With an exception of a 7-2 beat down by the hands of the Canadiens this past week, the Detroit Red Wings have won nine of their last ten, although most have been very close games. Two of the wins Edmonton Oilerswere in overtime, while five of them went to a shootout; including their game against the Vancouver Canucks this past Thursday. Will the Oilers be able to capitalize on their nice 8-4 victory over Chicago on Thursday and pull off the upset? 

Flying Wings

Detroit has not only been one of the best teams in the NHL this season, they also have been one of the most consistent teams. However, tonight they will be without their goalie Jimmy Howard, who has an injured hand. This will be a tough test for the Wings without Howard. The Oilers are 14-8-3 at home this season, while the Wings have been only a .500 team on the road. Combined with their starting goalie not being in the net tonight, this will hamper Detroit big time.

Cleaning up the Oiler spill 

Edmonton has gone 3-0-1 in their last four games and have looked as if a late season surge could bring them out of the depths of the West. Two of those wins were against Vancouver and San Jose, who are currently first place teams. They also have been putting the puck in the net more then they were. In their last ten games, Edmonton has scored 15 goals. The Wings have dominated the Oilers on the defensive end in their series. However, without Howard, that trend will be tough to continue against the surging Oilers. 

The Sharp Pick 

With back up Ty Conklin in the net for the Red Wings tonight, Detroit will have to rely on their offense if they are going to escape Canada with a win. Conklin is 4-2-0 against the Oilers; however, Edmonton has averaged over 3 goals-against him during that stretch. Even though Detroit has won their last three meetings and seven of their last ten, the Oilers have only lost by one goal in two of the previous three losses. The most recent of those was back in December in Edmonton, where the Wings escaped 3-2. 

Seeing as this game is a home game for the Oilers, and the fact that Detroit will be without their starting goalie, I see the Oilers taking advantage and continuing their hot streak. They will at the very least keep it close and could even skate away with a victory at home so back them on the puckline in your NHL picks for today.

My Pick: Oilers +1.5