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Pre-Game Capsule: Coyotes at Oilers

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

GAME 27:

Coyotes (6-17-3) at Oilers (9-13-2)

Arizona will look to stretch its road winning streak to four games on Tuesday night when it takes on the Oilers in Edmonton.

WHERE: Rogers Place

WHEN: 7 p.m. (AZ time)

TV: FOX Sports Arizona Plus

RADIO: ESPN 620 AM

Video: Matt & Tyson Preview Game vs. Oilers

KEY FACTS: 

• The Coyotes have posted a 12-2-2 record in their past 16 games played at Edmonton, but lost two of three games contested at Rogers Place in its inaugural season last season.

• Scott Wedgewood will start in goal for the Coyotes. Wedgewood was pulled from Saturday's 4-2 loss to Vegas after allowing three goals in a span of 1:42 during the second period. Marek Langhamer will again be Wedgewood's backup as Antti Raanta recovers from an upper-body injury suffered last week vs. San Jose. Raanta did not accompany the team to Edmonton, but he may fly to Calgary in time for Thursday's game vs. the Flames.

• Dylan Strome will be back in Arizona's lineup for the first time since Oct. 7. The Coyotes recalled Strome from the American Hockey League on Sunday after he produced eight goals and 18 assists in just 15 games. Look for Strome, who played center in the AHL, to play wing on a line with center Brad Richardson and winger Clayton Keller vs. the Oilers. Strome, who has just nine games on his NHL resume, will get to play against his older brother Ryan for the second time on NHL ice.

"I've only played nine games in this league," Strome said. "This will be my 10th and two are against my brother. Funny how that works out, but obviously it's something you dream about when you're a kid. You dream about being on the same line, but obviously playing against him is pretty special. I played against him once, and they got the better of us so hopefully we can change that around (Tuesday)."

Video: Strome on Recall, Road Trip

• Coyotes Head Coach Rick Tocchet on Strome: "I want him to just relax. If there's times for him to be down low, he's going to be down low. But I think right now I'd like to try him on wing. It's not set in stone. I might even put him at center sometimes when I need him, but he's a versatile guy. I'd just like to try him at wing right now and see how it goes ... The one thing I notice when he plays his best is he's around the puck a lot. I'm not going to compare him, but a guy like (Dallas forward) Jamie Benn, when he's around the slot, net, he always gets his stick on a puck. We need those types of players on this team. He has that talent." 

• Brendan Perlini will enter the game riding a career-high four-game goal-scoring streak. Perlini has scored eight goals on just 42 shots for a team-best 19.0 shooting percentage. Should he score vs. Edmonton, he would become the ninth NHL player to notch a five-game goal-scoring streak this season.

• Oliver Ekman-Larsson has notched three goals and three assists during a five-game point streak he will take into Tuesday's game. Ekman-Larsson ranks tied for second among NHL defensemen with three power-play goals this season and tied for 10th with 17 points.

• Derek Stepan will enter the game with a season-high six-game point streak. Stepan's career-high point streak is seven games, set in 2014-15 with the New York Rangers.

• The Oilers are back home after a 2-3-0 road trip that featured wins over Detroit and Boston, and losses in Dallas, St. Louis and Buffalo. Edmonton has won just four of 11 games played at Rogers Place, and has been outscored 41-33 on home ice. Captain Connor McDavid leads the Oilers in goals (10), assists (20) and points (30) in 24 games. Goalie Cam Talbot has appeared in 21 of 24 games and is 9-10-1 with a 3.07 goals-against average and a .901 save percentage.

Tweet from @ArizonaCoyotes: Tonight's projected lineup. #Yotes pic.twitter.com/RHJCAzE2FH

COYOTE BITES:

• "I was working toward being called up. It's fun playing and getting chances and scoring goals (in Tucson), but obviously you want to be up here contributing to the team that drafted you ... Numbers only mean so much if you don't do it in the NHL. You've got to find a way to produce, got to find a way to put up numbers. Create chances, I think that's the biggest thing. If you're creating chances, they're going to come eventually. If you do that, you're going to be successful." -- Dylan Strome

• "When we stick to our system and our structure we're a tough team to beat no matter who we're playing. We don't really focus on individual players on the other team, we're more about their system, and we really concentrate on our structure more than anything else. We know they're all about offense, offense, offense, so if we stick to a simple game and get pucks behind their 'D' and work them down low, we'll be fine." -- Zac Rinaldo on playing Connor McDavid and the Oilers

• "They're a dangerous hockey team. I know they haven't played as well this year, but you see signs of them coming out of it. Obviously when (Connor) McDavid is on the ice, he's a dynamic guy. He can turn a 0-0 game into 3-0 real quick. We've seen that many times so you've got to know where he is." -- Rick Tocchet on Oilers

Video: Tocchet on Matchup vs. Oilers

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