Arizona Coyotes have a busy schedule ahead of them

By Jesse Bonello

NHL: Vancouver Canucks at Arizona Coyotes
Arizona Coyotes center Laurent Dauphin carries the puck as Vancouver Canucks center Michael Chaput defends during the second period at Gila River Arena. Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

The Arizona Coyotes are staring down a busy schedule over the next four weeks.

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 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.

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.

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