Phoenix Coyotes (15-7-4) at Edmonton Oilers (9-17-2)
|Date & Time||Tuesday December 3, 2013, 9:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Edmonton Oilers +110 / Phoenix Coyotes -121 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The Oilers look to continue their strong play as they return home to Rexall Place to host the suddenly slumping Phoenix Coyotes.
The Coyotes got off to a red hot start this season as they were neck and neck with the cream of the crop of the Western Conference but have since faltered by winning just four of their last 10 contests and have since slipped into 4th place in the Pacific division. Phoenix generates most of its success with strong play between the pipes and a defensive game that contributes at both ends of the rink and while their offense gets a bit of a bad rap for not having a ton of firepower they certainly have some guys who can score. Phoenix has held a huge edge over the Oilers in recent memory and they’ll look to replicate that success with another strong outing at Rexall Place tonight. Mike Smith will get the call for the Coyotes while the Oil will counter with Devan Dubnyk.
Edmonton always seems to be in the discussion of the next break out team in the NHL as they were expected to follow similar paths to the Chicago Blackhawks and Pittsburgh Penguins but so far in the youth movement era for the Oilers they haven’t been able to muster up anything. For a team who was expected to make the playoffs in each of the past two seasons they have been a far cry from it and this season doesn’t appear to be any brighter. However, the Oilers are playing very well at the moment and they starting to get some quality victories sparked by the signing of Ilya Bryzgalov. While the Russian netminder hasn’t been in a ton of action yet and is sidelined with a day to day injury it has been his presence that has seemingly elevated the game of Devan Dubnyk who was struggling until Bryzgalov was called up. The Oilers don’t typically play well against the Coyotes but with Phoenix not playing very well themselves at the moment and Edmonton coming off a nice win in Dallas I think it’ll be a motivator to do well and I think they get the win.