Oilers vs. Coyotes Preview
This time, the Oilers hope to finish the job and notch rare back-to-back road wins as they visit Jobing.com Arena on Tuesday night.
Oddsmakers from online sports book SBGGLOBAL.com have made the Coyotes -209 money line NHL odds favorites for Tuesday's game against the Oilers. Current NHL Public Betting Information shows that 54% of more than 8,295 bets for this game have been placed on the Coyotes +191.
The Coyotes (10-5-5) hadn't won consecutive games this season until their current run, which featured a three-game sweep of their road trip through western Canada.
Phoenix trailed 3-0 at Edmonton on Friday night, but battled back to tie the game on Wojtek Wolski's goal with 35 seconds left in regulation with the goaltender pulled. The Coyotes won 4-3 in a shootout.
Coach Dave Tippett's team capped the trip with a 3-2 win over Vancouver on Sunday night, sparked by two goals from Taylor Pyatt - including the winner in the third period.
Much as they did last season en route to their first playoff berth since 2002, the Coyotes have relied on strong goaltending and timely offense despite a lack of star power. No Phoenix players rank among the top 70 in the NHL in points.
"The one thing I like is we've got everybody contributing," Tippett said. "Every night, it seems like there's a different guy that steps up and plays well, or a different line. Our goaltending has been solid through it, but for the most part it's been a solid team effort."
Ilya Bryzgalov improved to 9-2-5 with a 2.76 goals-against average Sunday, while Phoenix captain Shane Doan returned from a seven-game absence due to a lower-body injury.
Doan had two goals and two assists to help the Coyotes win their final three games against the Oilers (5-10-4) last season, and the streak continued Friday despite 39 saves from Edmonton's Devan Dubnyk.
Dubnyk, filling in for injured veteran Nikolai Khabibulin, picked up his first win of the season Sunday by making 38 saves in a 4-2 win at Anaheim.
"It's exciting for me," Dubnyk said. "You never want to see a guy get injured, and we're all hoping he comes back soon. But that's why you play so hard to be the number two goalie - so that if something does happen, you're the guy and not the one they call up to be the backup. I worked as hard as I could to get to this spot, and I'm just going to enjoy the chance to play."
One road win was rare enough for the Oilers, 5-25-5 on the road since Dec. 23. They've won consecutive road games once in that stretch, both against Chicago on Oct. 29 and Nov. 7.
More contributions from rookie Taylor Hall would certainly help. The top overall pick in the 2010 draft scored his fourth goal Sunday - his first in eight games.Ales Hemsky has led Edmonton offensively of late, recording a goal and an assist in each of the last two games and scoring the winner against the Ducks. Hemsky has nine goals and 15 assists in 14 games against Phoenix since the start of 2006-07, his most points against any opponent in that stretch.
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