NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Tuesday, October 18th
(All times eastern)
Phoenix Coyotes (2-4-1) at Edmonton Oilers (3-3-0), 9 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Edmonton Oilers try to halt a three-game slide tonight
when they welcome Wayne Gretzky and the Phoenix Coyotes to Rexall Place.
Prior to the game, Edmonton will retire the No. 7 of Hall of Famer Paul
Coffey. Coffey spent the first seven years of his brilliant career with the
Oilers, and was a member of the team's first three Stanley Cup winners.
Coffey, of course, was a teammate of Gretzky, who will face the Oilers for the
first time since becoming the Coyotes' head coach.
As for the current Oilers, they hope to bounce back from losses to Los
Angeles, Dallas and Calgary. On Saturday they were blanked, 3-0, by the Flames
at the Saddledome. Miikka Kiprusoff stopped all 33 shots he faced to anchor
Jussi Markkanen was solid in defeat as he made 25 saves for the Oilers, who
began the 2005-06 season with three straight victories.
Edmonton will visit the Flames on Thursday.
Phoenix, meanwhile, hopes to build on its second victory of the season,
Monday's 2-0 triumph over the Flames. Mike Ricci scored and Curtis Joseph
stopped all 25 shots he faced to lead Phoenix.
Boyd Devereaux also scored for the Coyotes, who snapped a three-game losing
streak. Fredrik Sjostrom and Paul Mara collected assists on Ricci's game-
winning goal as Phoenix won for the first time this season on the road.
Joseph, meanwhile, collected his first shutout as a member of the Coyotes and
the 44th of his career.
The Coyotes began a four-game road trip and will visit Vancouver on Thursday.
Edmonton went 3-0-1 against Phoenix in 2003-04.
10/18 10:33:30 ET