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Coyotes Look For Win In Season Series Finale Against Edmonton

The Arizona Coyotes are closing out their season series with the Edmonton Oilers tonight. They have a 22 game point streak against the Oilers, will this be lucky number 23?

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The Arizona Coyotes are down to five home games left and the Coyotes faithful will finally get to see Connor McDavid, but let's hope it is a positive experience for the Coyotes.

Matchup at a Glance

Arizona Coyotes Edmonton Oilers
Points 69 (4th Pacific) 65 (7th Pacific)
Goals For 2.60 (17th) 2.36 (26th)
Goals Against 3.00 (28th) 2.89 (25th)
Power Play 18.4% (15th) 17.1% (22nd)
Penalty Kill 78.5% (25th) 80.8% (20th)
5v5 Corsi For 47.1% (28th) 48.8% (18th)
PDO 100.3 (T-12th) 98.6 (T-27th)

View from Arizona

The Coyotes are looking to find their scoring touch with this next game against the Oilers. Having been shut out for the last two consecutive games, the Coyotes offense needs to wake up if they want to have a strong finish to the end of the season.

The Coyotes power play has been struggling mightily without Oliver Ekman-Larsson on the blue line. With the reassignment of Philip Samuelsson yesterday, hopefully that means OEL is ready to play again.

View from Edmonton

For the Oilers' perspective, be sure to check out The Copper & Blue

Edmonton is struggling to keep their team on the up and up. They have been mathematically eliminated from the playoffs for the tenth straight year. (Sorry Oilers fans.)

They are starting to look up in the hope department with more points than they had last season and actual goaltending. It's just that pesky defense they are having problems with. Hopefully they will solve this at the draft (and not win the lottery again) with a good defensive pick, or some trades to bolster their D corps.

Keys to the Game

1. STAY OUT OF THE BOX - This is a recorded message. Do not pass go, do not collect $200. STAY OUT OF THE BOX. This will be a standard message until the end of the season. The PK has been decent but let us not tempt fate.

2. We're Going Streaking! - The Coyotes have a 22 game point streak going against the Oilers. Let's make it 23 tonight.

3. Help A Goalie Out- The team is going to need to help the goalie out. Mike Smith made 47 saves eleven days ago in his return to goaltending. The Coyotes will need to keep the shot total low and help out their goalie in shot support. The Goalie can only do SO MUCH.

Players to Watch

For the Coyotes keep an eye on Shane Doan. He usually plays well against the Oilers and is on his way to 30 goals if he can keep it up. Also keep an eye out on the centers. They continue to be the most consistent face-off players in the league.

For the Oilers everyone is going to be coming to Gila River Arena to watch Connor McDavid and see if he will do something amazing. Personally, I am very excited to see him play, but keeping him off the score sheet is more important than an amazing goal.

Injury Report

The Coyotes are without the usual suspects and OEL is still day to day. Hopefully he will be well enough to play at game time.

The Oilers have a depleted line up thanks to a massive injury bug. Patrick Maroon is day to day with the flu, Adam Pardy has a hand issue, Brad Davidson is out with an undisclosed injury, and Benoit Pouliot is out with a shoulder injury. Their IR players are Eric Gryba with his knee, Andrew Ference with his hip and Oscar Klefbom with a broken finger.

Puck Drop

Tonight's game begins at 7 PM Arizona time. You can watch the game on Fox Sports Arizona or listen on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM.