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Homestand rolls on with visit from lowly Coyotes

Shane Doan might waive his NMC if he were to be traded to a contender.
Shane Doan might waive his NMC if he were to be traded to a contender.
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Phoenix

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13-23-6, 32 points, .762 p/g Ranks 23-15-7, 53 points, 1.178 p/g
Pacific Division - 7th Pacific Division - 2nd
29th Points per Game 11th
26th Special Teams 14th
27th Shots on Goal 4th
29th Goals Against per Game 14th
7 PM MDT
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Rogers Place

The opposing view

PROJECTED
FORWARDS

Patrick Maroon - Connor McDavid - Leon Draisaitl
Benoit Pouliot - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - Jordan Eberle
Milan Lucic - Drake Caggiula -  Anton Slepyshev
Jujhar Khaira - Mark Letestu - Zack Kassian

DEFENCE

Oscar Klefbom - Adam Larsson
Andrej Sekera - Kris Russell
Brandon Davidson - Matthew Benning

GOAL

Cam Talbot
Laurent Brossoit


Draisaitl, Letestu Shine In Shootout

Twenty-six seconds and two goals.  That's all the scoring that took place in regulation time.  Late in the second, Patrick Maroon scored his eighteenth goal of the season on the power play.  It took just twenty-six seconds for Sean Monahan to even it up 1-1.

Zero goals would be scored in the five minute overtime period, but Leon Draisaitl and Mark Letestu would cash in the shootout.  Edmonton scooped two points against Calgary, while the Flames would settle for an OTL.

The Coyotes and their thirteen wins are in Edmonton today.  Can the Oilers make it two straight victories over the Coyotes?

Let's go to the tape.

The Oilers are saying

That's Cam Talbot after Edmonton's shootout victory over Calgary on Saturday night.

Character wins are a lot better than moral victories.

The opponents are saying

That's Coyotes head coach Dave Tippett on goaltender Mike Smith.

Mike Smith's hanging in there this year.  He's posting a respectable .918 SV% and has eight of his team's thirteen wins on the season.  Unfortunately for Smith, the Coyotes are yielding an entire goal more per game than they are scoring.  The Coyotes have managed to score just 86 goals on the season.  Only the Avalanche have scored fewer goals all year (82)

Have some of this

  • Jujhar Khaira is likely to replace Matt Hendricks in the lineup.  Khaira sat out on Saturday with the flu.
  • Adam Larsson was back practicing with the club after missing the Battle of Alberta on Saturday recovering from a blocked shot.  Eric Gryba was Larsson's replacement.
  • Defenceman Jordan Oesterle was recalled from Bakersfield.  Oesterle has eleven points (3-8-11) in eighteen games.  If we see him tonight, it likely means that two regulars on the blue are unavailable. Not going there.
  • Cam Talbot will once again get the start for the Oilers (22-12-6, .918 SV% / 2.45 GAA / 3 SO).  Mike Smith (8-11-5, .918 SV% / 2.83 GAA)
  • STANDINGS WATCH: Two more points for Oilers have them firmly in third place (53), four points ahead of Calgary (49).  Two more points tonight would vault them ahead of San Jose, currently in second with just one more point (54)
  • The Oilers have to beat the Coyotes.  They can't leave points like this on the table as the Pacific Division tightens up.
  • Iiro Pakarinen (knee), Tyler Pitlick (knee), and Darnell Nurse (lower body) will be out for the Oilers. The Coyotes will be without Max Domi (hand), Brad Richardson (leg) and Ryan White (lower body)
  • #GOILERS