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Pre-Game Capsule: Coyotes at Oilers

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

GAME 65:

Coyotes (20-34-10) vs. Oilers (27-34-4)

Looking to build from a five-win homestand, Arizona will play the first game of a three-game road trip at Edmonton on Monday night.

WHERE: Rogers Place

WHEN: 7 p.m. (AZ time)

TV: FOX Sports Arizona Plus


Video: Biz and Tyson Break Down the Oilers


• Arizona is 8-2-1 since Feb. 8 and earned 17 points during that span. Only four other NHL teams have earned more points since that date.

• The Coyotes are 1-1-1 vs. Edmonton this season, but 28-6-5 in their last 39 games against the Oilers.

Jordan Martinook will enter the game with a two-game goal-scoring streak after netting the game-winner vs. Ottawa on Saturday, and a lengthy empty-net goal off the boards vs Minnesota on Thursday. 

Oliver Ekman-Larsson, who ended a 16-game goal-scoring drought on Saturday, has produced more points (25) vs. the Oilers than any other NHL team. He's notched 10 goals and 15 assists in 31 career games.

• Alex Goligoski, who ranks tied for fourth on the Coyotes with 30 points and first with 112 blocked shots, did not accompany the team to Edmonton on Sunday because his wife is expecting their second child at any moment. He will rejoin the team soon after the baby is born. Luke Schenn, who has been a healthy scratch the past 11 games, will replace Goligoski in the lineup. Meanwhile, Arizona recalled Andrew Campbell from the American Hockey League on Sunday to provide depth on defense.

Video: Schenn: 'Nice to Get an Opportunity'

• The Coyotes rank third in the NHL in penalty killing on the road with an 83.3 percent success rate.

• Per Elias Sports, Derek Stepan is one of just 16 NHLers to have currently recorded 40 points or more in eight consecutive seasons.

Zac Rinaldo, who is nursing an injury, did not accompany the Coyotes to Edmonton nor is he expected to join the team on this trip. Thus, look for Laurent Dauphin to get into the lineup at some point, perhaps as soon as Monday. 

• Edmonton has lost three consecutive games after winning three games in a row and four of five. The Oilers have won just 13 of 32 home games this season. Connor McDavid ranks tied for second in the NHL with 79 points, trailing only Tampa Bay's Nikita Kucherov (85). McDavid has scored a goal in three straight games and has notched eight points (three goals, five assists) in the past four games. Milan Lucic has not scored a goal since Dec. 23, a span of 28 games. Cam Talbot has allowed 11 goals while losing each of his past three starts. The Oilers have allowed a goal on their opponent's first shot of the game 13 times. 

Video: Tocchet: 'Can't Rest On Our Laurels'


• "Everybody sees how we're playing to win and we're enjoying that. I don't think we need to change anything going on the road, so I hope we don't change anything. Obviously we're having fun and rolling a little bit so we want to just keep it going." -- Jordan Martinook

• "We've been doing a pretty good job on the road. I think we've been playing a more simple game and our (penalty kill) has been really good. We need to take this confidence we've been building at home and go on the road ... Everybody's growing up a little bit to knowing what we need to do to win the games, and there's not many passengers anymore. Everybody's dialed in." -- Antti Raanta

• "I think we're playing the right way. We're getting the puck deep and creating a lot of chances from that and that's something that we have to keep doing. We keep talking about having a pretty tight house in the neutral zone, and if we can get it deep and play from there, we will create a lot of chances." -- Oliver Ekman-Larsson

Video: Keller: Have to Stay On our Game

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