Arizona looking to snap two-game losing skid against Edmonton

By Jesse Bonello

NHL: Calgary Flames at Arizona Coyotes
Arizona Coyotes defenseman Jakob Chychrun carries the puck as Calgary Flames center Sean Monahan pursues during the third period at Gila River Arena. Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Arizona lost the first of their five-game home stand last night against Calgary, but they’re looking to redeem themselves tonight against Edmonton.

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.

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.

When the Coyotes allow at least 35 shots, they have a winning record of 7-3-4. 

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.


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