|3-7-1, 0.636 p/g
||Ranks||6-3-2, 1.27 p/g|
|Western Conf: 16th||Western Conf: T-10th|
1:00 p.m. MDT | Sportsnet
The opposing view: Five For Howling
.610 hockey, that's all the Oilers need to do over the next 71 games to make the playoffs. If you need it quantified, that's 44-27 from here on out. For perspective, that's a season similar to a 5th seed in the Western Conference in recent years. Can they do it? Maybe, but they need a bunch of things to break their way: health, luck, goaltending and they need at least two or three of the teams in front of them in the West to falter in the way of health, luck, and/or goaltending.
Shots, Shots and more shots: his start to the season
The Oilers are saying:
"Darnell Nurse sees his point shot deflect in off Michael Bunting in tight to tie the game at three."
--The Oilers' first round pick keeps chugging along and the extra power play time we talked about before the season started is having an impact. Nurse has 11 points through 11 games for the Soo Greyhounds.
The Opponent is saying:
"I was worried about our energy before we came into the game. The last couple days you could tell our group was dragging a little bit. I don’t know if it’s physical or mental fatigue, but you could tell we were dragging a little bit."
--Coyotes coach Dave Tippett, on his team's performance against Los Angeles.
The Oilers need to take advantage of overall team speed, and they have an advantage in that area on every line, and draw penalties against some tired legs.
Key matchup: Dave Tippett's selection of his poison. Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Zbynek Michalek have taken the toughest comp and toughest starts early in the season and they've been solid. Their mountaineering has allowed Dave Tippett to give lesser defensemen much easier work and the Coyotes have been successful at even strength. Tippett is going to have to choose between Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Mark Arcobello and give Keith Yandle and Derek Morris the other. Either way, the Oilers should have an advantage against Yandle and Morris.
Expected Lines & Pairings:
- - Jordan Eberle
- Mark Arcobello -
Ladislav Smid -
The Coyotes expected lineup based on recent practices and updates:
Lauri Korpikoski - Martin Hanzal - Radim Vrbata
The Oilers need to win a duel with a division foe: