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The numbers don't lie: An in-depth look at the Red Wings-Oilers matchup

Heading into tonight's Game of the Week (Red Wings-Oilers, 9:30 p.m. ET), here's a look at some facts and figures, courtesy of our Stats & Information gurus.

Stars struggling

Despite averaging a point per game, Red Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg has scored just one goal in his first 10 games, the lowest total since 2006:

Zetterberg through 10 games (past four seasons):
2009: one goal, nine points

2008: eight, 12

2007: seven, 18

2006: two, three

And the slow trend may continue for Zetterberg; he did not score a goal in four games against Edmonton last season.

Who scores first?

• Detroit is 0-2-1 when leading after the first period (3-0-2 when leading after two frames), while Edmonton is a combined 5-0-2 when leading after both intermissions (2-0-1 after first period, 3-0-1 after second).

• Before Tuesday night's game against Vancouver, the Red Wings scored only six goals in the third period (tied for 29th in the league). That all changed after that game, when Detroit scored four goals in the final 20 minutes in a 5-4 win over the Canucks.

More muscle on home ice

The Oilers are one of the more physical teams at home, registering 166 hits (fourth in the league) at Rexall Place. Here are the league leaders in hits at home so far this season:

Rangers: 215

Penguins: 181

Blackhawks: 180

Oilers: 166

Hurricanes: 146

• The Oilers have also had eight different players receive fighting majors (Zack Stortini has fought four times). The Red Wings have had three fights, all involving Brad May.

Penner's turnaround

Dustin Penner leads the Oilers with 15 points (eight goals, seven assists). It's the best start in his four-year career and matches his October total over his first three seasons. ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun has more on Penner in his weekly column (if you're a Ron Burgundy fan, you'll love this column!). Back to Penner's stats:

Goals: eight in 2006-08; eight in 2009-10

Assists: seven; seven

Plus/minus: plus-1; plus-8

Shots on goal: 62; 34

A look at the other games:

Capitals at Thrashers, 7 p.m. ET

The Caps edged the Thrashers 5-4 when the teams met last week. But the big difference between then and now is that the Thrashers lost star Ilya Kovalchuk for at least a month after he broke a bone in his right foot while blocking a shot in Saturday's game against San Jose. At the time of the injury, Kovalchuk was tied for the NHL lead with nine goals and tied for the team lead with 10 points. He has the most goals in team history and the most since the 2001-02 season:

Most goals since 2001-02 (Kovalchuk's rookie season):

Ilya Kovalchuk: 306

Jarome Iginla: 290

Dany Heatley: 268

Marian Hossa: 263

Most goals in Thrashers history

Ilya Kovalchuk: 306

Slava Kozlov: 137

Marian Hossa: 108

Dany Heatley: 80

Senators at Lightning, 7 p.m. ET

If Ottawa gets into penalty trouble tonight versus Tampa Bay, it may not matter. The Lightning have struggled on the power play over the past four games, scoring just once in that span:

Worst PP percentage since Oct. 15:

Lightning: 6.3 (1-for-16 in that span)

Stars: 7.7

Devils: 8.3

Avalanche: 9.5

Vincent Lecavalier has also been off to a slow start this season, scoring just once in nine games. He has two games left to avoid his fewest goals mark in a season's opening month since 2001, when he went the entire month of October without a goal.

Devils at Bruins, 7 p.m. ET

The Bruins are trying to put together their first winning streak of the season. They are coming off a 4-3 shootout win at Ottawa, when they erased a two-goal deficit with 1:28 remaining in regulation.