NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Thursday, October 26th
(All times eastern)
Edmonton Oilers (6-3-0) at Phoenix Coyotes (2-8-0), 10 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Phoenix Coyotes will try to get some momentum going
tonight when they welcome the Edmonton Oilers to Glendale Arena.
The Coyotes are off to a dismal 2-8-0 start to the season and are in the midst
of a four-game losing streak. They are currently last in the Western
Conference standings with just four points.
Wayne Gretzky's club was dealt its most recent setback Tuesday evening ay
Calgary. Roman Hamrlik had a goal and an assist, as the Flames battered the
Coyotes, 6-1, at the Saddledome.
Mike Morrison allowed three goals on nine shots before being replaced in the
second period by Curtis Joseph, who turned aside 18 shots.
Owen Nolan had the lone goal for the Coyotes, who committed 15 penalties and
went 0-for-9 with the man advantage.
Coyotes captain Shane Doan suffered back spasms in the loss and is not
expected to play tonight. The winger has two goals and five assists through 10
games this year.
Meanwhile, the Oilers are coming off Wednesday's setback in Anaheim. Ryan
Getzlaf's two goals and Chris Pronger's three assists helped the Ducks defeat
Edmonton, 6-2, at the Honda Center.
It was Pronger's first game against his old Edmonton squad, which he led to
the Stanley Cup finals back in June. The former Hart Trophy defenseman
demanded a trade in the offseason and was ultimately shipped to Anaheim for
right wing Joffrey Lupul, defenseman Ladislav Smid and several draft picks.
Edmonton goaltender Dwayne Roloson struggled in net Wednesday, giving up all
six goals on just 20 shots. Jarret Stoll scored twice for the Oilers, who had
a three-game winning streak stopped.
After tonight's game, the Oilers will return home for a three-game stand that
begins Saturday night against Washington.
This is the second meeting of the year between the Oilers and Coyotes after
Edmonton earned a 5-2 home win over Phoenix on Monday. The Coyotes and Oilers
split four meetings last season.
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