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Arizona will play a Sunday matinee in Edmonton

by Dave Vest @davest4yotes / Coyotes Sr. Director of News Content

The Coyotes will attempt to sweep a home-and-home series from the Edmonton Oilers when they play a matinee on Sunday at brand new Rogers Place. The puck drops at 1 p.m. Arizona time.

Arizona (7-10-2) beat Edmonton, 3-2 in a shootout, on Friday night at Gila River Arena. With the win, the Coyotes extended their point streak vs. the Oilers to 24 games (20-0-4). Arizona set a season-high with 41 shots on goal in the victory.

"As a team, the last two games have been better, we have to find a way to be more consistent for a full 60 minutes," captain Shane Doan said. 

Mike Smith is expected to start in goal. Smith stopped 32 shots in Friday's win to lift his record vs. Edmonton to 14-1-1 with a .924 save percentage and 2.31 goals-against average in 18 career games against the Oilers.

The Coyotes have placed backup goalie Louis Domingue on the injured-reserve list retroactive to Wednesday when he suffered a lower-body injury while playing in relief of Smith vs. Vancouver. Thus, Justin Peters will be Smith's backup for the next two games at the least.

Arizona likely will play minus rookie center Laurent Dauphin, who left Friday's game after blocking a shot in the third period. The Coyotes recalled center Tyler Gaudet from the American Hockey League on Saturday as insurance in case Dauphin can't play on Sunday.

Max Domi, who leads the Coyotes with 14 points, has scored six of his 21 NHL goals vs. the Oilers.

Defenseman Connor Murphy is expected to play in his 200th NHL game, and rookie defenseman Anthony DeAngelo will look to extend his point streak to five games. 

Edmonton (12-8-2) has won three of its past four games overall, but has lost three of its past four home games and was outscored 8-3 in those losses.

The Oilers will be hosting Arizona in their new digs for the first time looking for their first regulation win over the Coyotes at home since Nov. 23, 2009.

"We've got to find a way to get that monkey off our back and play a good, solid game," Head Coach Todd McLellan told reporters on Saturday. "You like to end losing streaks regardless of who you're playing against. This one has gone on for quite a while, obviously, and we'd like to get through it. But like I said in Phoenix, they do not beat themselves, they make you err and they take advantage of your mistakes."

Captain Connor McDavid leads the NHL with 28 points (10 goals, 18 assists) and will enter the game with a four-game point streak. 

Forward Milan Lucic has chipped in at least one assist in each of the past three games.

Forward Matt Hendricks is expected to be back in the lineup. He missed Edmonton's first 18 games because of a lower-body injury.

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