EDMONTON, Alberta -- The Detroit Red Wings showed the Edmonton Oilers that it's better to be good and tired than bad and rested.
Despite playing their second game in two nights, and third in four nights, the Red Wings thoroughly outclassed an Edmonton team coming off a three-day break. They jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first, padded it by one in the second and scored two more in the third to run away with a 5-0 victory.
They didn't even give Edmonton a sniff, holding them to 14 shots.
The Oilers, already so far out of a playoff spot in the Western Conference that many believe their season is already over, were supposed to be fresh and desperate. They looked neither, as Detroit rolled over them from the opening faceoff.
The Wings, meanwhile, were supposed to be dog tired. They didn't look it, scoring 5:09 into the first period on Darren Helm's breakaway and going up 2-0 before the before the shock of the first goal even had a chance to set it. Just 27 seconds after Helm's goal, Tomas Tatar collected his third of the season.
From there, the Wings simply controlled the puck for the rest of the period, playing smarter hockey than the disorganized and undisciplined Oilers.
The Oilers were expected to regroup during the first intermission, given that their season is hanging in the balance. They didn't. They didn't get their second shot of the second period until the 12-minute mark and fell behind 3-0 on Jakub Kindl goal at 6:55.
The Oilers, who were outscored 15-2 over their last 11 periods at home, we booed off their own ice.
Detroit piled on in the third, with Joakim Andersson scoring at 7:54 and Todd Bertuzzi at 9:43
Detroit improved to 9-4-2 with the back-to-back wins in Calgary and Edmonton while the Oilers lost at home for the fifth time in six games to fall to 3-10-2. They remain last in the Western Conference, 10 points out of the final wildcard spot.
NOTES: With Oilers G Devan Dubnyk recovering from an ankle injury, Richard Bachman started his third game in a row. He lasted less than a period before suffering a leg injury. ... Oilers LW Taylor Hall, who has been out for two weeks with a knee injury, skated with the team and expects to be back within a week. ... Edmonton D Justin Schultz is down with a rib injury and LW David Perron is out with neck trouble as Edmonton's injured list climbed to 10. ... Red Wings G Petr Mrazak returned to Edmonton for the first time since starring at the 2011-12 World Junior Championships. ... Oft-injured Red Wings C Darren Helm was playing just his third game in 18 months. He scored five minutes in. ... Detroit C Johan Franzen didn't play because of illness.