Edmonton Oilers vs. Phoenix Coyotes - 1/24/14
Phoenix Coyotes (23-18-9) at Edmonton Oilers (15-31-6)
NHL Hockey: Friday, January 24, 2014 at 9:30 pm (Rexall Place)
The Line: Edmonton Oilers +105 / Phoenix Coyotes -116 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-A PLUS, SNET-W
On Friday night at Rexall Place in Edmonton the Oilers will host the visiting Phoenix Coyotes in a Pacific Division showdown.
The Phoenix Coyotes travel to Edmonton with one thing on their minds, which is to win a road game. The Coyotes have dropped five straight road tilts and are just 3-7 in the last ten games overall. On Wednesday, the Coyotes lost 3-2 in Calgary to the Flames. The Coyotes main problem has been an inability to score, but the Oilers provide the perfect opportunity to turn that trend around. Edmonton ranks dead last in the NHL in goals against, allowing a staggering 3.5 goals to opponents per game.
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Edmonton is battling to avoid the stigma associated with finishing the season at the bottom of the NHL. At this time, the Oilers are three points ahead of Buffalo for the league’s worst team in terms of points, but the Sabres have three games in hand on the Oilers. The Oilers have dropped five straight games, the most recent of which came at home to the Vancouver Canucks. Prior to the game against Vancouver, the Oilers went winless on a four game road trip where the offense totaled just eight goals.
Friday’s game will be the fourth installment this season between these two teams, with each of the first three games going to Phoenix. In the most recent match this season, the Coyotes squeaked one out by a score of 4-3 in overtime at Jobing.come Arena. Phoenix is 14-3 in the last 17 meetings against the Oilers and 7-1 in the last eight meetings in Edmonton. However, the Coyotes are 0-5 in the last five road games, as mentioned. With Phoenix on the cusp of a playoff birth, I think the Coyotes can right the ship in terms of finding a way to win on the road.