Edmonton Oilers (3-7-1) at Phoenix Coyotes (6-3-2)
|Date & Time||Saturday October 26, 2013, 3:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Phoenix Coyotes -168 / Edmonton Oilers +153 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The Oilers look to rebound after a tough loss at home against the Capitals while the Coyotes are reeling after getting pasted by the Kings in their last outing.
The Oilers head into Phoenix after spending just one game at home, a loss to the Washington Capitals, after a relatively successful road trip had the fans thinking their season could turn around. While it is still very much in the early stages of the season the Oilers need to get things going forward in a hurry as they can ill afford to go on an early season losing skid which would ultimately seal their fate on missing the postseason once again. Edmonton is still without forward Taylor Hall who will be sidelined up to a month with a knee injury and while they have plenty of other options that can put the puck in the net they’re in a tough spot here against a Coyotes team looking for revenge. Jason Labarbera however gets his chance at redemption as he faces his old club and will be looking to make a statement with his play between the pipes.
The Coyotes were off to a nice start but were dealt a serious dose of reality as they were waxed by the Kings in their last outing and they’ll look to make amends in a matinee affair with the Oilers. Phoenix is a talented club especially in the crease and on the blue line but they do have plenty of bangers who can put the puck in the net and their scoring depth is something a lot of teams covet. While the line indicates a huge sway for the Coyotes I am actually on the other side here simply for the fact that Labarbera is facing off against his former team. Edmonton usually doesn’t perform well against the Coyotes but in this spot I can see them playing inspired hockey for their new teammate and I think they can keep this game working in their favour. Taking the Oilers as a huge dog.