NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Sunday, January 18th
(All times eastern)
Phoenix Coyotes (23-18-5) at Edmonton Oilers (22-19-3), 9 p.m.
(Sports Network) - Wayne Gretzky won four Stanley Cup championships with the
Oilers, but has found little success in Edmonton since he took over as head
coach of Phoenix.
Gretzky will lead his surging club into Edmonton tonight, as the Oilers host
his Coyotes at Rexall Place on a night they will honor one of Gretzky's former
teammates, Glenn Anderson.
Since Gretzky took over as Phoenix's head coach prior to the 2005-06 season,
the Coyotes have gone just 2-5 in Edmonton and have been outscored 32-18 in
those seven meetings. Phoenix has lost three straight at Rexall Place and five
in a row to the Oilers overall, including a 4-2 loss in Edmonton on December
However, the Coyotes come into this test having won four of their last five
games. They knocked off the Flames, 4-3, in Calgary last night to remain tied
with Anaheim for second place in the Pacific Division. Both clubs trail first-
place San Jose by 20 points, though.
In Saturday's win, Peter Mueller and Mikkel Boedker each had a goal and an
assist. David Hale and Olli Jokinen also scored for the Coyotes, who have
missed the playoffs in each of the last five seasons but are currently tied
for fifth in the West. Martin Hanzal had two assists, while Ilya Bryzgalov
made 29 saves to notch the win.
Phoenix wraps a four-game road trip tonight and is 8-12-3 as the visiting
team. The club next faces two tough home games versus Detroit and Anaheim.
The Oilers, meanwhile, begin the first of two six-game homestands tonight
scheduled for this year. Edmonton, which will also play six in a row at Rexall
Place in late March into early April, is 9-8-3 as the host this year.
The franchise will kick this stand off in style, as the Oilers are set to
raise Anderson's No. 9 into the rafters, marking the seventh time in club
history that a number is being retired. Anderson joins the likes of Gretzky,
Mark Messier, Jari Kurri, Paul Coffey, Grant Fuhr and Al Hamilton as those who
have also been honored by the club.
Anderson won five Stanley Cups with the Oilers and notched 498 goals, 601
assists and 1,099 points in 1,129 career games with Edmonton, St. Louis,
Toronto and the New York Rangers.
The Oilers have won three of their last four and notched a 3-2 win over
Colorado on Friday. Shawn Horcoff's third-period tally was the difference,
while Steve Staios and Tom Gilbert also scored.
Appearing in his 200th NHL game, Mathieu Garon made 37 saves in what turned
out to be his final game with the Oilers. Garon was dealt to Pittsburgh on
Saturday for fellow goaltender Dany Sabourin, forward Ryan Stone and a fourth-
round draft choice in 2011.
Sabourin, 28, has played in 19 games for the Penguins this season, posting a
6-8-2 record with a 2.85 goals against average. The 31-year-old Garon has
performed similarly this season for Edmonton, going 6-8-0 with a 3.17 GAA.
That makes Dwayne Roloson the likely starter in net for tonight. He is 13-9-3
with a 2.71 GAA this season.
01/18 10:33:07 ET