NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
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
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
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
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.
12/12 16:24:38 ET