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Monday, February 16th (All times eastern)

Edmonton Oilers (28-23-4) at Phoenix Coyotes (25-27-5), 9:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Edmonton Oilers will shoot for a third straight victory when they visit the struggling Phoenix Coyotes for tonight's matchup at Jobing.com Arena.

The Oilers have recorded wins over Montreal and Los Angeles in their last two outings, slamming the visiting Canadiens by a 7-2 score on Wednesday and then recording a shootout victory Saturday in LA.

Edmonton is currently on the edge of the Western Conference playoff picture with 60 points. The Oilers are one point behind Dallas, Columbus and Anaheim, which are locked in a three-way tie for the final three playoff seeds in the West.

This past weekend's win over the Kings kicked off Edmonton's four-game road trip on a positive note. Sam Gagner scored the game-winner in the shootout as the Oilers edged LA, 3-2, at Staples Center.

Dustin Penner and Shawn Horcoff each had a goal and an assist for the Oilers, who had lost four out of five prior to this two-game streak. Dwayne Roloson stopped 39 shots for the win.

The Oilers have a respectable 15-12-1 record as the guest this year and have won three of their last five road tests. Edmonton will make a stop in San Jose on Tuesday before capping the trek Thursday night in Dallas.

Phoenix, meanwhile, has dropped from a serious playoff contender to 13th in the conference in just a matter of weeks. The Coyotes have lost two straight and eight of their last nine tests and are lucky to still only be six points out of a playoff berth.

The Coyotes were handed a loss in an high-scoring affair against visiting Calgary this past Saturday. Matthew Lombardi tallied two goals and an assist to lead the Flames to a 7-5 decision over Phoenix at Jobing.com Arena.

Daniel Winnik scored his first two goals of the year for Phoenix. Viktor Tikhonov also scored twice, and Shane Doan had a goal.

Ilya Bryzgalov allowed all seven goals on 42 shots and fell to 1-8-0 in his last nine starts. The Russian netminder is now just 19-23-4 on the season.

The Coyotes are playing the third test of a four-game homestand tonight and will close the residency Thursday against Atlanta. Phoenix is 16-11-2 as the host this year despite losing its last five home games.

Edmonton is 2-0 against the Coyotes this season and has won six straight and seven of the last eight meetings in the series. The Oilers have also taken three in a row and four of five in the desert.

02/16 10:58:20 ET


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