By Jesse Bonello
Arizona will be playing at least every other day until Christmas. Including tonight, the Coyotes will play 16 games in the next 28 days.
The good news, for tonight, is that the Coyotes haven’t lost in regulation against the Edmonton Oilers in 22 games. The bad news is the Oilers have Connor McDavid in their lineup. McDavid has 27 points in 21 games this season.
The Coyotes are looking for their first regulation win since they beat the Colorado Avalanche 4-2 on Nov. 8.
Mike Smith will be looking for redemption after Wednesday nights’ loss against Vancouver.
Smith: “It was obvious that I wasn’t feeling it tonight, but it’s no excuse. You have to get the job done. … I dropped the ball.”
— Sarah McLellan (@azc_mclellan) November 24, 2016
Smith is coming off of a terrible game against the Canucks on Wednesday where he was pulled in the second period after allowing four goals on just 17 shots. Wednesday night was Smiths’ first start this season where he had a save percentage less than .900.
Arizona announced that they’ve recalled goaltender Justin Peters from the AHL on an emergency basis. He’ll replace Louis Domingue as Smiths’ backup.
Per Dave Tippett: @domingue35 is day-to-day with lower-body injury suffered in Wednesday’s game.
— Dave Vest (@davest4yotes) November 25, 2016
The Coyotes remain at the bottom of the league with a 6-10-2 record and just 14 of a possible 36 points this season.
The Oilers are on a three-game win streak and are in first place in the Pacific Division with 25 points. Center Leon Draisaitl has three goals in his last two games and eight points in his past five.
Tonight’s game begins at 9 p.m. EST.