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Can Oilers Learn How To Beat Arizona?

Oilers are 0-2 against Arizona so far this year. That changes tonight. Maybe. Please?

Hey Beavis.  That was cool.
Hey Beavis. That was cool.
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17-12-5, 39 points, 1.147 p/g- Ranks 11-16-5, 27 points, .844 p/g
Pacific Division - 3rd Pacific Division - 7th
12th P/G 29th
8th ST 26th
5th S/G 26th
13th Goal 29th
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Gila River Arena

The opposing view

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


Oscar Klefbom - Adam Larsson
Andrej Sekera - Kris Russell
Brandon Davidson - Eric Gryba

Cam Talbot
Jonas Gustavsson

A Win?  In St. Louis?  In Overtime?  Sure, Why Not.

Monday's 3-2 overtime victory in St. Louis was the most satisfying win in a long time.  You wanna feel tingly all over? Legally?    Ryan Nugent-Hopkins sixth goal of the year from Connor McDavid and Andrej Sekera should do the trick.

Edmonton conceded a goal to Former Oiler™ Kyle Brodziak four minutes into the first period.  Tyler Pitlick would knot it up just seven minutes later right off a faceoff.  Pitlick would later leave the game after crashing awkwardly into the boards with St. Louis' Jori Lehtera.

Because Oilers, Vladimir Tarasenko would certainly score about thirty seconds later.  Both goals weren't good goals for Talbot.  This is to be expected when you play a goaltender for eighty thousand minutes in the first half of the season.  St. Louis took a 2-1 lead into the first intermission.  And then, as is tradition, into the second one as well.

Patrick Maroon would score five minutes into the third period on a fancy deflection from Brandon Davidson.  Leon Draisaitl would pick up his second assist.  Maroon also had the fortune of scoring the goal in front of his son, who was in the crowd watching his old man play.

Edmonton would take a 2-2 tie into overtime, when Ryan Nugent-Hopkins did the deed.

Oilers win.

Oilers win.

Oilers win.

Tonight, Edmonton's middle frame of a three game roadie stops in Arizona to face the Coyotes, who have taken at least one point in their last twenty-five meetings with the Oilers.


Let's go to the tape.

The Oilers are saying

That's Oilers head coach Todd McLellan on lines, line deployment, and other things linear.

Interesting that McLellan calls Letestu the "third or fourth line".   I don't read too awful much into that, but if Letestu is the third line, I'm not going to turn the page to see who's on the fourth line.

How the hell does Arizona have points in 25 straight games against the Oilers?

The opponents are saying

That's Arizona defenceman Michael Stone on the Coyotes' successes against the Oilers.

Why has Arizona found so much success against the Oilers?  Nikolai Khabibulin.  It's all his fault.

Have some of this

  • LINE SWITCH: Jesse Puljujarvi is in for the injured Tyler Pitlick, who looks to be out for some time with the full leg cast.  Kinda wish Puljujarvi was in on another line (and not for Tyler Pitlick), but these are the grapes we get, we just peel them.
  • Twenty-five straight games with at least a point for Arizona?  Yeesh. Look at those numbers.  29th in points.  26th overall in special teams.  29th in goals allowed.
  • Connor McDavid's fortieth point of the season was the primary assist on Ryan Nugent-Hopkins' overtime goal.  What a beaut.  Connor McDavid Point Projection now sits at: 96.
  • CRAMPED PACIFIC:  Oilers are tied with Anaheim with 39 points, though Anaheim has a game in hand.  Anaheim is in Ottawa tonight after losing to Montréal 5-1 last night. San Jose leads both teams by a single win.
  • Cam Talbot will go again tonight for the Oilers (16-10-4, .917 SV% / 2.52 GAA / 3 SO) while Mike Smith (7-6-4, .928 SV% / 2.65 GAA) will start tonight's game for Arizona.
  • ANDREJ SEKERA IS THE BEST DEFENCEMAN THE OILERS HAVE.  Velvety.  Has nine points (1-8-9) in his last ten games. Watch the overtime goal again.  Rinse. Repeat.
  • Iiro Pakarinen (knee), Mark Fayne (groin), Tyler Pitlick (leg) and Darnell Nurse (lower body) will be out for the Oilers. The Coyotes will be without forwards Max Domi (hand), Dave Bolland (lower body) and Brad Richardson (leg)