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McDavid can extend point streak to 11 for Edmonton; Arizona goes for sixth win in eight games

by Alan Robinson / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

OILERS (15-7-3) at COYOTES (14-8-2)

8 p.m. ET; NHLN, SN, FS-A Plus, NHL.TV

 

The Game

Connor McDavid seeks to extend his point streak to 11 games when the Edmonton Oilers visit the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on Sunday.

McDavid has 23 points (12 goals, 11 assists) during the streak including two goals in a 4-2 win against the Vegas Golden Knights on Saturday.

Goalie Mikko Koskinen, who is 2-0-2 with a 1.96 goals-against average and .933 save percentage in four games against Arizona, is expected to start for Edmonton.

Darcy Kuemper, who is 8-1-3 with a 2.05 GAA and .928 save percentage in 12 games against the Oilers, is expected to start for the Coyotes. Arizona is 5-2-0 in its past seven games and is playing the second game of a back-to-back set after defeating the Los Angeles Kings 3-2 on Saturday.

 

Players to watch

Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl has 31 points (10 goals, 21 assists) in his past 15 games. Draisaitl and McDavid are the first NHL teammates to have at least 45 points through 25 games since Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr of the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1995-96.

Coyotes forward Derek Stepan has four goals in seven games against Pacific Division opponents this season and needs one assist for 300 in the NHL.

 

They said it

"We've found ways to bounce back and we don't hold on to games too long. … We've got a big game against Arizona and we've got to be ready for that. We've had a good start and we're trying to build something here, but it takes a lot of work." -- Oilers center Connor McDavid

"You're playing against two of the world's top players in (Leon) Draisaitl and (Connor) McDavid. They give teams fits, and obviously we need to be diligent against those guys. We have to have that division rival mentality." -- Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet

 

Oilers projected lineup

Leon Draisaitl -- Connor McDavid -- Zack Kassian

Alex Chiasson -- Ryan Nugent-Hopkins -- James Neal

Patrick Russell -- Gaetan Haas -- Markus Granlund

Joakim Nygard -- Riley Sheahan -- Josh Archibald

Darnell Nurse -- Ethan Bear

Adam Larsson -- Oscar Klefbom

Kris Russell -- Caleb Jones

Mikko Koskinen

Mike Smith

Scratched: Joakim Nygard, Sam Gagner

Injured: Jujhar Khaira (hand), Matt Benning (concussion), Brandon Manning (hand)

 

Coyotes projected lineup

Clayton Keller -- Derek Stepan -- Phil Kessel

Christian Dvorak -- Nick Schmaltz -- Conor Garland

Michael Grabner -- Carl Soderberg -- Vinnie Hinostroza

Christian Fischer -- Brad Richardson -- Barrett Hayton

Oliver Ekman-Larsson -- Jason Demers

Jakob Chychrun -- Alex Goligoski

Ilya Lyubushkin -- Jordan Oesterle

Darcy Kuemper

Antti Raanta

Scratched: Eric Comrie, Aaron Ness

Injured: Lawson Crouse (upper body), Niklas Hjalmarsson (lower body)

 

Status report

Khaira is day to day. … Crouse is day to day after he was injured in the first minute of the third period on Saturday. … Grabner is expected to return after missing two games with an undisclosed injury.

 

Stat pack

McDavid and Draisaitl are the first Oilers players to have 20-point months in October and November since Wayne Gretzky in 1987. … McDavid has seven goals in 15 games against Arizona. … The Coyotes are 31-7-7 in their past 45 games against Edmonton.

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