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Oilers battle Coyotes on PPV

by Staff Writer / Edmonton Oilers

After a 6-2 loss to the Anaheim Ducks last night, the Oilers get an opportunity to redeem themselves 24 hours later in a contest with the Phoenix Coyotes.

Edmonton and Phoenix met for the first time this regular season on Monday with the Oilers winning 5-2. Edmonton raced out to a 3-0 lead in that game on goals by Jarret Stoll, Raffi Torres and Shawn Horcoff before the Coyotes clawed their way back into it with two unanswered goals. The Oilers came out in the third period flying and scored a pair to ice the outcome.

After the loss, the Coyotes travelled to Calgary where they fell by an even bigger margin, 6-1. Following that defeat, their record fell to 2-8-0.

OILERS TO WATCH: Netminder Jussi Markkanen is expected to get his second start of the season tonight. In his first start, he made 21 saves in leading the Oilers to a 2-1 win over Vancouver... Jarret Stoll has a two-game goal-scoring streak with three goals over that span - his only three goals of the season... Daniel Tjarnqvist has gotten an assist in each of his last three games... Ales Hemsky has a goal and three assists for four points over the past two games.

COYOTES TO WATCH: After the loss to Calgary, the Coyotes made some moves in an attempt to shake up their roster. They placed former Oiler Mike Morrison on waivers and then sent him to San Antonio (AHL) this morning. The club then recalled goaltender David LeNeveu from the Rampage. The day before, the Coyotes called up Donald MacLean and Matt Jones from their American Hockey League affiliate.

ROSTER UPDATES: Edmonton – Ethan Moreau (shoulder) is out; Phoenix – Mike Ricci (neck) is out. Keith Ballard (hand) is out. Steven Reinprecht (collar bone) is out. Mike Zigomanis(groin) is day-to-day.

FAST FACTS: Phoenix has eight losses on the season while no other team in the league has more than six... Former Oiler Georges Laraque will be playing in his 500th career NHL game tonight... Phoenix outshot its opponent in five of its first seven games but has been outshot in each of its last three... Coyotes defenceman Nick Boynton currently leads the league with 47 penalty minutes. The Coyotes have a league-worst 27.5 penalty minutes per game average.

NEW NAME: Tonight's game will be the first in the newly-named Arena. Previously, the Coyotes' home rink was known as Glendale Arena which is the city in which it resides. It opened in December 2003.

QUOTABLE: "Good skating physical teams play whistle to whistle. We seem to be doing all our playing after the whistle."
- Coyotes head coach Wayne Gretzky on his team's lack of discipline. Phoenix is averaging a league-worst 27.5 penalty minutes per game.

The Oilers return home from their two-game southwestern road swing and will face Alexander Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals on Saturday at 8:00 p.m. MDT.
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