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Preview: Coyotes vs. Oilers

Arizona is hosting Edmonton on a Throwback Night at Gila River Arena

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

Keys to the Game

Coyotes players preview Friday's game vs. Oilers

Coyotes players Max Domi, Connor Murphy and Tobias Rieder offer pre-game insight into tonight's home game vs. Edmonton

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GLENDALE - The Coyotes will host the Edmonton Oilers at Gila River Arena on Friday night wearing their original Kachina-style uniforms. The puck drops at 7 p.m. Arizona time.

Arizona (6-10-2) will enter the game looking to extend a 23-game point streak vs. Edmonton during which it has posted a 19-0-4 record. The Coyotes last lost to the Oilers in regulation on Jan. 25, 2011. These teams will face off again on Sunday afternoon in Edmonton in the second game of a home-and-home series.

Mike Smith, who is 13-1-1 with a 2.34 goals-against average and a .923 save percentage in 17 career games vs. Edmonton, will start in goal. Smith allowed four goals on 17 shots vs. Vancouver on Wednesday and was replaced by Louis Domingue early in the second period.

"I expect him to play very well," Tippett said of Smith. "He was disappointed, like the rest of our team, about his performance and we expect him to jump back in and play well."

Domingue suffered a minor lower-body injury in Wednesday's game and will not dress for Friday's game. Justin Peters, whom Arizona recalled from the American Hockey League on Friday morning, will be Smith's backup.

"It's nothing serious, but he just didn't think he could play today," Tippett said of Domingue. 

Video: Dave Tippett previews Friday's game vs. Edmonton

Forward Max Domi, who leads the Coyotes with 13 points, notched seven points (five goals and two assists) in five games vs. Edmonton last season. Friday's game will be his 100th in the NHL.

Rookie defenseman Anthony DeAngelo will be looking to extend his point streak to four games.

"In the game today, if you can't move the puck you're going to be behind," Tippett said. "He's come in and done a nice job for us in that area."

DeAngelo's partner, Alex Goligoski, has notched an assist in two straight games and ranks second on the team with eight helpers.

Captain Shane Doan enters the game needing just one assist to move into sole possession of first place on the franchise's all-time assists list. He and Thomas Steen are tied with 553 each.

Edmonton (12-8-1) is the surprise team of the NHL this season and leads the Pacific Division with 25 points.

Captain Connor McDavid, who leads the NHL with 27 points (nine goals, 18 assists), has notched eight points (four goals, four assists) in Edmonton's past three games - all wins.

"McDavid is really the player that drives that team," Tippett said. "He's a very good player. He plays the game at a very high pace and his hands keep up with him at that pace." 

Goalie Cam Talbot ranks tied for second in the NHL with 11 wins, and first in minutes played (1,126:48) and saves (534). 

Forward Leon Draisaitl is riding a five-game point streak with four goals and four assists during that span. His five power-play goals rank tied for third most in the League. 

Rookie Jesse Puljujarvi, whom the Oilers selected fourth overall at this year's NHL Draft, has notched six points (one goal, five assists) in 17 games. He scored his lone goal in the season opener vs. Calgary on Oct. 12. 

"In the past, this team has cleaned our clock," Head Coach Todd McLellan said of the Coyotes. "We haven't played well against them, we haven't found any type of success, in large part to us beating ourselves. Arizona never beats itself, the other team has to take the game from them and we've done a poor job of that."



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