NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, October 26th
(All times Eastern)
Edmonton Oilers (3-7-1) at Phoenix Coyotes (6-3-2), 3 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - One point streak may be over for the Phoenix Coyotes but
they'll try to keep another going on Saturday afternoon when they play host to
the Edmonton Oilers.
The Coyotes had gone 5-0-2 in their previous seven games before dropping a 7-4
road decision to the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday. It was Phoenix's first
regulation loss since Oct. 8 at the New York Islanders.
The Kings jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first period before the Coyotes
climbed back into the game. They got second-period tallies from Jeff Halpern
and Martin Hanzal before Hanzal and Shane Doan scored just under one minute
apart early in the third.
Looking to go ahead on the power play just a few minutes later, Los Angeles'
Mike Richards instead put home the go-ahead goal while shorthanded and the
Kings tacked on from there for the win.
The Kings' four-goal first began with a power-play tally 42 seconds into the
"We went out and we took a penalty the first shift," Phoenix head coach Dave
Tippett said. "In the offensive zone they scored, they got momentum and they
ran with it. Put us behind the eight ball. We crawled back into it and then we
gave it away again."
Mike Smith allowed four goals on 15 shots in the first period before being
replaced by Thomas Greiss, who turned away 20 of the 22 shots he faced over
the final 40 minutes.
Phoenix, which is 3-0-1 as the host, next plays three straight at home and has
an eight-game point streak going in this series. The Coyotes are 6-0-2 over
that span and have taken 12 of the last 16 meetings overall.
The Coyotes are 6-1-1 in their past eight at home versus the Oilers and Smith
is 5-1-1 with a 2.18 goals against average in this matchup.
The Oilers returned home following a 2-3-1 road trip looking for a third
straight win, but instead fell by a 4-1 score to Alex Ovechkin and the
Justin Schultz prevented the shutout when he scored for Edmonton with just
2:04 to play, while Devan Dubnyk gave up four goals on 26 shots.
Washington netminder Braden Holtby, meanwhile, made 30 saves and kept Edmonton
scoreless on three power-play chances. The Oilers are 0-for-21 on the man
advantage over the last six games.
"I give a lot of credit to their goaltender," Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins
said of Holtby "He made some great saves. We had some good looks, we just
couldn't get it past him."
Dubnyk is 2-5-2 with a 2.96 GAA in his career versus Phoenix.
10/26 10:31:06 ET