Edmonton Oilers vs Phoenix Coyotes preview: Bryz is back

Christian Petersen

The puck will drop tonight at 7, the Ball, at 12.

By the Numbers


Edmonton Oilers

Phoenix Coyotes

Points

30 (14th in West)

47 (8th in West)

Goals Per Game

9th (2.54)

6th (2.95)

Goals Against Per Game

30th (3.34)

25th (2.97)

Power Play Percentage

17th (17.9)

10th (20.0)

Penalty Kill Percentage

23rd (80.0)

25th (79.0)

Edmonton Oilers

Guess who's back? Back again. Bryzy's back. Tell a friend. Wearing his second uniform since leaving the Sedona Red sweater behind, it will be the second former Coyotes goaltender the Oilers will start in Glendale this season (Jason LaBarbera).

Nail Yakupov has failed to make the lineup for the third time this year being benched by Head Coach Dallas Eakins. So Coyotes fans will be robbed of a Rob Klinkhammer hit of the game on Nail.

Phoenix Coyotes

After playing in a franchise tying record five straight overtime games, the goal for the Coyotes tonight will be to finally win a game in regulation. The Yotes currently occupy the final playoff spot in the Western Conference and seek to build their buffer over the bottom of the conference.

Keys to the Game

Players to Watch


Antoine Vermette

#50 / Center / Phoenix Coyotes

6-1

198

Jul 20, 1982


Look for a big night from Vermette in the face-off dot as he looks to continue his domination against the 19th ranked Oil.

Roman Horak

#20 / Center / Edmonton Oilers

6-0

170

May 21, 1991


The rookie will see his first ice time in the NHL tonight. He was a part of a trade that sent Ladislav Smid to Calgary.

Likely Starting Goaltenders



Mike Smith

#41 / Goalie / Phoenix Coyotes

6-4

215

Mar 22, 1982


GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2013 - Mike Smith 26 1513 14 6 76 3.01 842 766 .910 0

Since Smiths last meetup with the Oilers in early December, he has posted a 923 save percentage. He hasn't given up more than three goals in any December game.


Ilya Bryzgalov

#80 / Goalie / Edmonton Oilers

6-3

213

Jun 22, 1980


GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2013 - Ilya Bryzgalov 9 472 2 4 22 2.80 262 240 .916 1

The "Cosmonaut" is 2-0 vs the Coyotes in his career with a .958 save %. This will be his first time facing the Coyotes in Copper and Blue.

Injury Report

Shane Doan and Zbynek Michalek are still both out with Rocky Mountain Fever and a lower body injury respectively. Rostislav Klesla is close but wont play tonight.

Mark Arcobello (ribs), Ryan Jones (head), Philip Larsen (illness), and Corey Potter (groin) are all out for the Oilers.

Puck Drop

Puck drop is scheduled for 7 p.m. and can be watched on Fox Sports Arizona and listened to on 620 AM.

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