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Preview: Coyotes at Oilers

Arizona is seeking its third consecutive win

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

The Coyotes will look to extend their winning streak to three games on Tuesday night when they play the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place. The puck drops at 7 p.m. Arizona time.

Arizona (19-28-7) defeated Calgary, 5-0, on Monday to start a three-game trip. Mike Smith stopped all 36 shots he faced to earn his 32nd career shutout.

Backup goalie Louis Domingue will start vs. the Oilers in place of of Smith. Domingue hasn't played since Jan. 19 at Minnesota.

"The definition of your No. 2 goalie is to grab tough situations and play well," Head Coach Dave Tippett said. "This is a hard back-to-back (game) against a team that's expecting to play better than they did the game before, and a good team. So it's a good test for him."

Defensemen Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Connor Murphy, and forward Max Domi will enter the game riding three-game point streaks.

Rookie Christian Dvorak is averaging a goal per game over his past five games, and leads the team's freshmen in goals (nine), assists (11) and points (20).

Forward Jamie McGinn, who will play in his 500th NHL game, is one goal shy of 100. 

Rookie Lawson Crouse will miss his second straight game because of a lower-body injured suffered in Saturday's win over Pittsburgh.

Video: Dave Tippett previews Tuesday's game at the Oilers

Edmonton (29-19-8) is somewhat comfortably in third place in the Pacific Division standings, six points ahead of fourth-place Los Angeles.

Captain Connor McDavid is leading the NHL with 61 points in 56 games, and co-leading the League with 18 multi-point games this season. 

Goalie Cam Talbot, who ranks fifth in the NHL with 27 wins, owns a 5-3-1 record vs. the Coyotes and a 2.30 goals-against average in nine games. 

The Oilers boast seven players who have scored at least 10 goals, including center Leon Draisaitl, who leads the team with 20.

Edmonton is 0-2-1 in its past three home games, and was outscored, 13-5, in those games. The Oilers have won just 13 of 26 home games for the season, their first in the new Rogers Place arena.

Forward Iiro Pakarinen will make his season debut after suffering a knee injury in the preseason. 

"It's my first NHL game in a while, so I'm very excited," Pakarinen told "I feel like a little kid again. I'll have to keep my first few shifts short and not lose my legs."



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Domi - Hanzal - Vrbata

Rieder - Burmistrov - McGinn

Perlini - Dvorak - Doan

Martinook - Jooris - White


Ekman-Larsson - Schenn

Goligoski - Stone

Connauton - Murphy




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