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Draisaitl looking to extend goal streak to six straight for Edmonton; Arizona going for eighth win in 10 games

by Derek Van Diest / Independent Correspondent

COYOTES (8-4-1) at OILERS (10-4-1)



The Game

Leon Draisaitl will try to extend his goal-scoring streak to six straight games for the Edmonton Oilers against the Arizona Coyotes at Rogers Place on Monday.

Draisaitl has seven goals during his streak, which is tied with Brayden Schenn of the St. Louis Blues, David Pastrnak of the Boston Bruins and Derick Brassard of the New York Islanders for the longest in the NHL this season. He also has 10 points (seven goals, three assists) during a five-game point streak.

It will be the first game for Oilers coach Dave Tippett against the Coyotes, who he coached for eight seasons (2009-10 to 2016-17).

Arizona is 7-2-0 in its past nine games and plays the first of a back-to-back Monday. The Coyotes play at the Calgary Flames on Tuesday.


Players to watch

Coyotes forward Phil Kessel has five points (one goal, four assists) in his past five games.

Oilers forward Connor McDavid has six points (one goal, five assists) in his past five games.


They said it

"He's the best. He's such a good guy and he's a fun guy to be around and listen to. He's played over 1,000 games so any kind of knowledge you can get from him is good. He's good guy to have around and we're lucky to have him." - Coyotes forward Conor Garland on Phil Kessel

"Our goalies have been huge all season. They've been great and probably kept us in some games we shouldn't have been in. It's very comforting and it's nice to have them back there, they've been really good for us." -- Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl


Coyotes projected lineup

Barrett Hayton -- Christian Dvorak -- Phil Kessel

Michael Grabner -- Derek Stepan -- Vinnie Hinostroza

Clayton Keller -- Nick Schmaltz -- Conor Garland

Lawson Crouse -- Carl Soderberg -- Christian Fischer

Oliver Ekman-Larsson -- Jason Demers

Jakob Chychrun -- Alex Goligoski

Aaron Ness -- Jordan Oesterle

Darcy Kuemper

Antti Raanta

Scratched: Michael Chaput, Ilya Lyubushkin

Injured: Niklas Hjalmarsson (lower body), Brad Richardson (upper body)


Oilers projected lineup

Leon Draisaitl -- Connor McDavid -- Alex Chiasson

James Neal -- Ryan Nugent-Hopkins -- Zack Kassian

Jujhar Khaira -- Markus Granlund -- Sam Gagner

Gaetan Haas -- Colby Cave -- Patrick Russell

Oscar Klefbom -- Joel Persson

Darnell Nurse -- Ethan Bear

Kris Russell -- Matt Benning

Mikko Koskinen

Mike Smith

Scratched: Brandon Manning, Tomas Jurco, Riley Sheahan

Injured: Adam Larsson (leg), Joakim Nygard (ribs), Josh Archibald (foot)


Status report

Kuemper made 33 saves for his first shutout of the season in a 3-0 win against the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday. … Cave will play his second straight game after scoring his first goal of the season in a 2-1 overtime win against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday.


Stat pack

Goligoski has three assists in his past three games. … Koskinen is 2-0-1 with a 1.64 goals-against average and .947 save percentage in three games against the Coyotes.

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