On Saturday the Arizona Coyotes played one of the best teams in the league, the Toronto Maple Leafs, and won 2-0. Last night the Arizona Coyotes played one of the best teams in the league, the Calgary Flames, and lost 5-2. Tonight they are going to play one the most inconsistent teams in the league, and hopefully they can push an outcome more like Saturday.
Arizona was always going to have a tough time with Calgary. Arizona looked like they could make it interesting, tying the game twice with goals from Conor Garland and Jordan Weal. But with as many offensive weapons as Calgary has they were ultimately able to win the game. And while the Coyotes were able to keep the heavy hitters off the score board, Calgary had too much for the Coyotes to contain.
Last time the Coyotes and the Oilers met the Oilers were two points out of a playoff spot. Tonight Edmonton sits seven points out of a playoff spot and is 29th in the league. If things keep going the way that they are going Edmonton could have good odds of getting the first overall draft pick for the fifth time in the last ten drafts.
The Edmonton Oilers have won just one game this month, a 4-1 win against the Minnesota Wild. Unsurprisingly, since the they last played the Coyotes they have made a lot of moves. Having already relieved coach Todd McLellan in November, Edmonton has since moved on from Peter Chiarelli and Keith Gretzky is acting as interim GM. They also reacquired former Coyote Sam Gagner in exchange for Ryan Spooner and traded Cam Talbot to the Philadelphia Flyers.
Its strange to say that the Edmonton Oilers are struggling to score. They have 160 goals on the season, eight more then the Arizona Coyotes for 27th in the league. They also have one of the worst defenses in the league, allowing 195 goals, tied for 27th in goals against. They do have a top ten power play, converting 22.1 percent of the time and a bottom three penalty kill. If Arizona can contain the Oilers offense they may be able to find an advantage on special teams.
Players to Watch
Arizona: Conor Garland - Garland had two goals the last time the Coyotes played the Edmonton Oilers. With last nights goal he has twelve goals on the season, good enough for second on the team.
Edmonton: Leon Draisaitl - Draisaitl has goals in his three last games and leads the Oilers in goals scored.
Arizona: Richard Panik (probable, illness), Mario Kempe (questionable, upper body), Kyle Capobianco (lower body), Nick Schmaltz (lower body), Michael Grabner (eye), Antti Raanta (lower body), Jason Demers (knee), Christian Dvorak (pectoral)
Edmonton: Andrej Sekera (probable, achilles), Jujhar Khaira (lower body), Jesse Puljujarvi (lower body), Matt Benning (upper body)
Will the Edmonton Oilers somehow get another first overall draft pick?
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