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Friday, December 12th (All times eastern)

Edmonton Oilers (11-13-4-0) at Phoenix Coyotes (10-10-7-1), 9 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Edmonton Oilers try for just their second win in 10 games this evening when they head into America West Arena to battle the Phoenix Coyotes.

The Oilers are coming off a 2-2 tie in San Jose on Thursday night. Jason Smith posted a goal and assisted on the game-tying tally late in the second period for Edmonton.

Ales Hemsky also scored for Edmonton, which has just one victory in its last nine contests (1-6-2). Ty Conklin started in goal for the Oilers and allowed two goals on 30 shots.

The tie gave Edmonton 26 points and moved them out of the basement in the Northwest Division. The Oilers had been tied with Minnesota.

Tonight's tilt is the second of a four-game road trip for the Oilers, who are 3-6-3 as the visitor this season.

Daymond Langkow notched a goal and his 200th career assist, and Sean Burke stopped 39-of-40 shots to lead Phoenix to a 2-1 home win over Dallas on Wednesday night.

Shane Doan also scored and Ladislav Nagy delivered two assists for the Coyotes, who won for the first time in nine games against Dallas (1-5-3) and improved to 4-1-2 in their last seven overall.

Phoenix is now three points ahead of the Stars for last place in the Pacific Division. The Coyotes are also six points behind first-place Los Angeles.

The Coyotes wrap up a three-game homestand on Monday night versus Minnesota. Phoenix is 6-4-1 in games at America West Arena and has won five of their last six home contests.

Edmonton has won five of the last eight meetings with the Coyotes, but has dropped two straight and four of its last six in Phoenix.

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