Edmonton Oilers (17-12-5) at Arizona Coyotes (11-16-5)
|Date & Time||Wednesday December 21, 2016, 9:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Arizona Coyotes +153 / Edmonton Oilers -170 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The Edmonton Oilers look to break their ugly losing skid against the Arizona Coyotes when the two sides meet up in the desert on Wednesday night.
The Oilers head into Arizona on Wednesday night looking to build on their win on the road against the St. Louis Blues and win their last eighth Wednesday game in a row but they will have their work cut out for them against a Coyotes team that has had their number over the years and are on a 26-5 stretch head to head in their last 31 meetings. Edmonton has turned a corner this season and are finally looking like the team that showed so much promise over the last handful of seasons, but with much more tenacity up front and a developing blue line they have become a much harder team to play against and they are getting offensive contributions from more than just Connor McDavid. Cal Talbot is expected to get the start for the Oilers as he will face off against Mike Smith.
The Coyotes are in the midst of an ugly slide and are looking more and more likely to be drafting with a top end selection instead of competing for a playoff spot as they are still a couple of years away from competing. Arizona has been rumored to have Anthony Duclair on the trading block as the young forward could net a solid return on the blue line as they are very thin behind Oliver Ekman-Larsson and need to shore up their back end if they’re going to build a contender moving forward. Arizona is 1-4 in their last five home games and 1-6 in their last seven against the Western Conference but again they have dominated the Oilers in recent meetings and will look to extend their point streak against them on Wednesday.
The Oilers are 37-87 in their last 124 road games and 25-76 in their last 101 against the Pacific while the Coyotes are 2-8 in their last 10 playing on one day’s rest and 3-9 in their last 12 overall. Edmonton has to figure out a game plan against the Coyotes at some point and while I don’t like the odds I think the Oilers do enough to get it done.