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Preview: Coyotes at Oilers

Arizona is starting a three-game trip at Edmonton on Monday

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

Coyotes at Oilers Preview

Coyotes players preview Monday's game at Oilers

Alexander Burmistrov, Radim Vrbata and Tobias Rieder offer pre-game insight into Monday's game at the Oilers

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The Coyotes will begin a compressed three-game road trip on Monday night when they battle the Edmonton Oilers. The puck drops at 7 p.m. Arizona time at Rogers Place.

Arizona (13-23-6) will be looking to rebound from a 3-0 home loss to Anaheim on Saturday night, and to end a streak of 105 minutes and 15 seconds without scoring a goal. 

Mike Smith is expected to start in goal after he did not play in Saturday's game. Smith has posted a 15-2-1 record vs. the Oilers in 20 games.

"We know they want to play a fast game and they have a highly-skilled forward group over there," forward Tobias Rieder said. "In the past, we did a pretty good job of denying them the puck or playing tight on them so they don't get as much space on the ice."

Forward Radim Vrbata leads the Coyotes in points (27) and assists (18), and co-leads the team with nine goals. Center Martin Hanzal also has scored nine goals.

Head Coach Dave Tippett said center Alexander Burmistrov will make his debut with the Coyotes. Arizona claimed Burmistrov off waivers on Jan. 2, but it took nine days for him to join the team as he worked through the process of obtaining a work visa. He last played in an NHL game for Winnipeg on Dec. 6.

"He's a skill player," Tippett said. "We'll see. We'll get him up and going. He hasn't played in quite a while, so it's going to take him a few games to get going. But he's certainly a quick, skilled guy that will add that element to our lineup."

Burmistrov, 25, has notched 30 goals and 51 assists in 298 NHL games, all with Winnipeg/Atlanta, which drafted him eighth overall in 2010. 

"This is a big opportunity for me, and lots of pressure on me," Burmistrov said. "I like that. I'm really excited ... I want to show my potential, what I can do, what kind of player I am and what I didn't show in the past years."

Rookie Brendan Perlini has scored three of Arizona's past five goals and has notched six this season in just 17 games.

The Coyotes are hoping to get forwards Jordan Martinook and/or Ryan White back in the lineup during this trip, which continues in Winnipeg on Wednesday and concludes in Minnesota on Thursday. White has missed nine games because of a nagging lower-body injury, and Martinook has watched the past three games because of an upper-body injury.

Video: Dave Tippett previews Monday's game at Oilers

Edmonton (23-15-7) has won two games in a row and ranks second in the Pacific Division, four points behind first-place Anaheim. 

The Oilers are 11-8-2 in 21 games played in their new arena, despite scoring just 52 of their 125 goals there.

Captain Connor McDavid, who turned 20 years old on Friday, leads Edmonton and the NHL with 50 points and 36 assists. The Coyotes have held him to just one goal and one assist in three games this season.

Forward Patrick Maroon is Edmonton's top goal scorer with 18, his career-high for goals in a season with 37 games left to play. He has scored seven goals in January, which is the most in the NHL this month. 

Cam Talbot is expected to start in goal. Talbot leads the NHL in games played with 40 and ranks tied for third with 22 victories.



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McGinn - Holland - Vrbata

Perlini - Dvorak - Doan

Crouse - Burmistrov - Martinook


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