GameThread - Coyotes at Oilers: Avert Thine Eyes

The Coyotes will try to strangle the life out of the game and the Oilers.

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Game preview: The Oilers are in the midst of their annual run toward the June re-spawn and the Coyotes are battling to grab and 8th seed and score a couple of home playoff games so the rest of the league doesn't lose so much money on them. If the Oilers lose and force everyone to watch Phoenix's patented "10 men back" system, it will be an excruciating evening.

Team Reports

Oilers Report: It doesn't matter. Outshot will happen.

Coyotes Report: The Coyotes are ranked 22nd on special teams and 16th at even strength. Their goaltending is 16th at even strength. Nothing about them suggests playoff team.

Expected Line Combinations

Taylor Hall - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - Jordan Eberle
Magnus Paajarvi - Sam Gagner - Ales Hemsky
Ryan Smyth - Shawn Horcoff - Nail Yakupov
Lennart Petrell - Jerred Smithson - Mike Brown

Ladislav Smid - Jeff Petry
Nick Schultz - Justin Schultz
Ryan Whitney - Mark Fistric

Devan Dubnyk

Scratches: Corey Potter, Anton Lander, Theo Peckham

Broadcast Information

Rexall Place , 7:30 pm MST
TV - Sportsnet West
Radio - 630 CHED

By The Numbers

  • Edmonton is paying Ryan Whitney $5.5 million.
  • Edmonton is paying Ladislav Smid and Jeff Petry $3.95 million
  • Jordan Eberle needs 13 goals on his next 25 shots to duplicate last year's 18.9% shooting percentage. I believe he can - he's got something numbers can't measure.
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