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Under the Scope: Oilers vs. Coyotes

by Travis Knee / Edmonton Oilers

The Oilers looked to have this game under control until a third period surge by the Coyotes left the Oilers looking for some answers.

After goals by Jordan Eberle and Ales Hemsky had Edmonton ahead 2-0 after two periods, former Oiler Raffi Torres tied the game with under three minutes to play. Phoenix would then go on to get shootout goals from Mikkel Boedker and Ray Whitney, en route to a 3-2 win.

All you need to know and more as we go Under the Scope:

WIth Edmonton leading 2-0 and looking poised for a third straight win, Oiler-killer Ray Whitney would strike to get his team back in the game. Whitney, who always seems to play his best hockey against Edmonton, would score his 22nd of the season making it 2-1. That gave the Coyotes the momentum they needed to comeback in a 3-2 victory.

46 The faceoff winning percentage for the Oilers overall in tonight's game. They won 29 of 63 draws.
70 With his goal tonight, Jordan Eberle hit the 70-point plateau for the first time in his young NHL career.
4 Tonight's loss to Phoenix means the Oilers have now dropped all four meetings with the Coyotes this season.

Ales Hemsky
G A P +/- Shots
1 0 1 +1 6

Jordan Eberle
G A P +/- Shots
1 0 1 E 3

Mike Smith
38 36 2 64:34 .947

Mike Smith
38 36 2 64:34 .947

Devan Dubnyk
42 40 2 65:00 .952

  Oliver Ekman-Larsson- D

23:37 - 0 PTS, -1 rating

  Ryan Whitney- D

24:52 - 0 PTS, E rating

With the game deadlocked at 0-0, Oilers forward Ryan Jones would pick up a loose puck off a Coyotes mistake and feed Jordan Eberle to open the scoring. Jones and Eberle would break in all alone, with Eberle converting the Jones pass for his 32nd goal of the season.


The Coyotes might want to thank Mike Smith for a very important two points tonight. Smith made a number of key saves to keep his team in this game and eventually getting the 3-2 win. Overall Smith made 36 saves and was named third star of the game.

Edmonton let a strong outing from Devan Dubnyk go to waste in tonight's game. Dubnyk would stop 40 of 42 shots he faced, and gave the Oilers an effort worthy of a win in his stats column.

Current Oiler Eric Belanger played for the Coyotes last year, enjoying a career-best season with 40 points. So far he has yet to record a point against his former team in 4 meetings this season.

"He's playing well and doing a good job He's confident, and he needs to be. "

-- Tom Renney on the recent play of Devan Dubnyk.

Tuesday, March 20  vs. Nashville
  6:00pm MDT (SNET-EDM / 630 CHED)

The Oilers follow up a four-game homestand with a road swing that will also be four games. The first stop will be Nashville for the fourth meeting of the season between these two teams. The Oilers have taken two of three so far and the game can be seen live on Sportsnet Edmonton.

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