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Preview: Coyotes @ Oilers: Rematch

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Oilers escape Arizona with one point. Back in Edmonton, can they scoop two this afternoon?

Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports


Phoenix

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Edmonton
7-10-2, 16 points, .842 p/g Ranks 12-8-2, 26 points, 1.18 p/g
Pacific Division - 7th Pacific Division, 1st
29th P/G 12th
26th ST 9th
20th S/G 5th
28th Goal 15th
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The opposing view

PROJECTED LINES
FORWARDS

Milan Lucic - Connor McDavid - Jesse Puljujarvi
Patrick Maroon - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - Jordan Eberle
Benoit Pouliot - Leon Draisaitl - Drake Caggiula
Tyler Pitlick - Mark Letestu - Zack Kassian

DEFENCE
Oscar Klefbom - Adam Larsson
Andrej Sekera - Kris Russell
Darnell Nurse - Matthew Benning

GOAL
Cam Talbot
Jonas Gustavsson

One Tenth Of A Second

The Oilers got a goal from Connor McDavid early, and Adam Larsson helped make it 2-0 late in the first.  Arizona's Max Domi fired back with a goal just eight seconds after Larsson, and it remained 2-1 until Shane Doan tied it midway through the third.  OT came and Connor McDavid was about one-tenth of a second away from helping the Oilers take two points out of Arizona, but time wasn't on his side.  With about one second remaining in overtime, McDavid received a pass from Matt Benning directly in front of Mike Smith and flipped it over the sprawling goaltender.  Only problem?  Oilers needed maybe two, three tenths of a second longer in order to seal the deal.  The Oilers went to the shootout, but Arizona emerged victorious on shootout markers from Radim Vrbata and Oliver Ekman-Larsson.

The Oilers squeaked a point out of Arizona, and look for two more this afternoon.

Let's go to the tape.

The Oilers are saying

"They took the point from us...so we want to get that back.  We want to beat them in regulation.  I think we're aware of that for sure, we know that that's the case.  We want to change that as well.  We want to beat them. Those are the games we have to win in our conference.  Those are huge points for us and we have to make sure we're ready to go."

Source

That's Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl on letting a point go to Arizona on Friday night.

The Oilers are in first place in the Pacific!  It's damn near December.  Taking two points against a team they should beat is crucial to helping keep the train on track.

The opponents are saying

"It's one way to help your team win a game so I take pride in it...When it goes to a shootout and you're successful, you get a point that you might need at the end of the season."  Source

That's Coyotes' forward Radim Vrbata on his 43rd career shootout goal.  Vrbata has more NHL shootout goals in history.  Vrbata's shootout goal helped propel Arizona to their 3-2 victory over Edmonton on Friday night.

Have some of this

  • McDAVID - Tenth goal for Connor McDavid gives him 28 points on the season.  He's leading the NHL in scoring by two points over Nikita Kucherov, and he'll look to add to that tonight.
  • POULIOT: Back in the lineup, he played fourteen minutes against Arizona.  He didn't score any points, so naturally the torches are out.
  • LARSSON: Adam Larsson scored a nifty goal on a feed from Oscar Klefbom late in the first period.  Jordan Eberle also had an assist, his tenth of the year.  Adam Larsson has brought much needed stability to the back end, that's a fact.  Larsson's goal is his second as an Oiler, his fifth point of the year.  It's worth noting that Larsson appears unlikely to meet his season high of 24 points
  • LETESTU:  Letestu scored in the shootout, he played fourteen minutes and had a couple of minutes while the Oilers were shorthanded.  Would expect him to remain in the lineup today.
  • 41 shots from the Coyotes.  If you allow 40+ shots on goal to the Coyotes (or any other NHL club for that matter,) you're going to lose more than you win. Trust me, I'm a doctor.
  • Cam Talbot (11-7-2, .921 SV% / 2.47 GAA / 3 SO) will go for the Oilers. Mike Smith (3-1-1, .911 SV% / 2.96 GAA) will go for the Coyotes.
  • Iiro Pakarinen (knee) and Brandon Davidson (upper body) will be out for the Oilers. The Coyotes will be without Brad Richardson (leg).
  • #GOILERS