Oilers Sweep A Back-To-BackThe Edmonton Oilers (28-18-6) collected all four points throughout a back-to-back stretch at the end of last week, winning both fixtures in a matter of 25 hours. A four-game homestand finished with a 3-0-1 record after the team notched a 4-2 triumph against the St. Louis Blues at Rogers Place on Friday before the Oilers beat the Calgary Flames with a count of 8-3 at Scotiabank Saddledome the following evening. Leon Draisaitl (29 goals, 83 points this year) picked up a team-high six points (2 goals, 4 assists) during the pair of contests, as Edmonton is presently riding a five-game point streak (4-0-1), having posted just one regulation defeat in its past 11 matchups (8-1-2).
Goalie Mikko Koskinen, who made 38 saves throughout the double-whammy, has gone 15-9-2 for the rolling year with a 2.83 GAA and a .912 save percentage. He is 3-0-2 versus Arizona in previous encounters with a 2.13 GAA and a .926 save percentage, while Mike Smith (13-9-4 on the season with a 3.00 GAA and a .899 save percentage) has recorded an 8-4-0 career total against the Coyotes with a 2.08 GAA and a .926 save percentage. The Oilers are 11th in both most goals scored per game (3.23) and most allowed on average (3.08), top of the league in power play (29.5%) and 8th in penalty kill (82.9%).
‘Yotes Extend Losing Streak
The Arizona Coyotes (26-21-7) lost for the fifth consecutive time (0-3-2) after being beaten with a 3-2 score after a shootout by the Chicago Blackhawks at Gila River Arena on Saturday. Brad Richardson (4 goals, 7 points this year) and Conor Garland (17 goals, 30 points) both scored in the second period for the ‘Yotes, who erased a two-goal deficit in regulation to force the extra session, but failed in the skills competition with a 2-0 count. Arizona has still extended its home point streak to seven fixtures (4-0-3), but is 1-5-3 in its past nine outings overall.
Goalie Antti Raanta turned away 43 shots versus Chicago and has now gone 9-11-3 for the current season with a 2.93 GAA and a .913 save percentage. He has registered a 3-4-0 past tally versus Edmonton with a 2.88 GAA and a .898 save percentage, while Adin Hill (2-2-2 on the year with a 2.48 GAA and a .920 save percentage) has picked up a 0-1-0 record from his two career appearances against the Oilers, bagging a 1.56 GAA and a .935 save percentage. The Coyotes are 9th in least goals scored per game (2.72), 4th in least goals conceded on average (2.67), 18th in power play (19.4%) and 9th in penalty kill (82.1%).
Arizona (according to Covers.com)
- Coyotes are 0-5 in their last 5 vs. Western Conference.
- Coyotes are 0-5 in their last 5 overall.
Edmonton (according to Covers.com)
- Oilers are 6-1 in their last 7 games as an underdog.
- Oilers are 5-1 in their last 6 meetings with Coyotes in Arizona.