By Jesse Bonello
Disappointing special teams play saw the Coyotes go 0-5 on the power play against the Flames.
Going into last night’s game, Arizona had the top ranked penalty kill in the league on home ice, but the Flames made the best of their opportunities and scored three power play goals in the process.
The Coyotes are looking to bounce back tonight when they host the Oilers.
The Yotes have a favourable record against the Oilers, but the Oilers are coming into tonight’s game with momentum.
Edmonton has points in eight of their last ten games, and they’re on a two-game win streak.
With a win tonight, the Oilers can move into a tie with the Sharks, who have 41 points, for first-place in the Pacific Division.
— Dave Vest (@davest4yotes) December 21, 2016
Mike Smith is 7-6-4 this year and he’s lost his last two starts.
In his last two starts, Smith has faced less than 30 shots but lost both those games.
Tonight, Smith goes up against the leagues’ top point scorer, Connor McDavid.
McDavid has 40 points in 34 games and has a league-leading 28 assists.
Radim Vrbata leads the Coyotes with 20 points (eight goals and 12 assists).
Puck drop is 9:30 p.m. EST.