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Arizona looking for ninth win in 12 games; Edmonton trying to end three-game losing streak

by Derek Van Diest / NHL.com Correspondent

COYOTES (20-34-10) at OILERS (27-34-4)

7 p.m. ET; SNOL, FS-A PLUS, NHL.TV

 

The Game

The Arizona Coyotes will look to extend their winning streak to three games when they play the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place on Monday.

The Coyotes are 8-2-1 in their past 11 games and are eighth in the Pacific Division, 27 points behind the Los Angeles Kings for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoff from the Western Conference. 

Edmonton is on a three-game losing streak (0-3-0). They are sixth in the Pacific Division, 19 points behind Los Angeles for the second wild card from the West.

 

Players to watch

Coyotes forward Clayton Keller has 10 points (three goals, seven assists) in his past 11 games, and leads the team with 46 points (17 goals, 29 assists).

Oilers center Connor McDavid has eight points (three goals, five assists) during a four-game point streak, and 13 points (seven goals, six assists) in his past eight games.

 

They said it

"I think especially with the learning curve we had this year, it speaks volumes to the group, the character we have to keep pushing through the tough times. Now that we're through that, we have to keep it positive, keep it fun and that will 100-percent carry over to next year." -- Coyotes forward Max Domi on winning eight of the past 11 games

"You want to finish strong no matter what's been going on. I think you want to finish proud and you want to finish strong and we're looking to do that." -- Oilers captain Connor McDavid

 

Coyotes projected lineup

Brendan Perlini -- Derek Stepan -- Clayton Keller

Max Domi -- Christian Dvorak -- Christian Fischer

Richard Panik -- Freddie Hamilton -- Josh Archibald

Jordan Martinook -- Brad Richardson -- Nick Cousins

Oliver Ekman-Larsson -- Jason Demers

Jakob Chychrun -- Niklas Hjalmarsson

Kevin Connauton -- Luke Schenn

Antti Raanta

Darcy Kuemper

Scratched: Laurent Dauphin, Andrew Campbell

Injured: Zac Rinaldo (upper body), Alex Goligoski (personal)

 

Oilers projected lineup

Milan Lucic -- Connor McDavid -- Leon Draisaitl

Michael Cammalleri -- Ryan Nugent-Hopkins -- Pontus Aberg

Jesse Puljujarvi -- Ryan Strome -- Anton Slepyshev

Iiro Pakarinen -- Jujhar Khaira -- Drake Caggiula

Darnell Nurse -- Kris Russell

Andrej Sekera -- Ethan Bear

Oscar Klefbom -- Matt Benning

Cam Talbot

Al Montoya

Scratched: Yohann Auvitu, Zack Kassian, Adam Larsson

Injured: None

 

Status report

Goligoski stayed in Arizona with his wife, who is expecting the birth of their second child. … Larsson has returned from his father's funeral in Sweden, but will not play.

 

Stat pack

Ekman-Larsson has seven points (one goal, six assists) in his past seven games. Raanta is 6-1-0 with a 1.64 goals-against average, .952 save percentage and two shutouts in his past eight games. … Draisaitl has 25 points (10 goals, 15 assists) in his past 22 games.

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