Edmonton Oilers Look to Stay Hot Against Arizona

The Edmonton Oilers are riding a three-game winning streak and are playing some of their best hockey of the season.

As they head to Arizona for a showdown with the Coyotes, they look to keep the good times rolling. Here’s everything you need to know prior to puck drop.

Projected Lines

The lines and defensive pairings are expected to stay the same against the Coyotes.

Forwards:

Milan Lucic-Connor McDavid-Jesse Puljujarvi

Patrick Maroon-Ryan Nugent-Hopkins-Jordan Eberle

Anton Slepyshev-Leon Draisaitl-Zack Kassian

Matt Hendricks-Drake Caggiula-Tyler Pitlick

Extra: Benoit Pouliot, Mark Letestu

Defense:

Oscar Klefbom-Adam Larsson

Andrej Sekera-Kris Russell

Darnell Nurse-Matthew Benning

Goalies:

Cam Talbot

Jonas Gustavsson

Keys to Victory

The Oilers have been doing everything right in their past three games, and playing excellent hockey. They have been getting early starts and pucks to the net in the first period. Not to mention, they’ve carried that momentum with them through all 60 minutes. This is key for the Oilers if they want to win Friday.

Edmonton’s power-play has also been excellent, thanks to the outstanding efforts of Draisaitl and McDavid. If they can continue to make the most of the man advantage, they should have no problem against the Coyotes, who have the second-worst penalty kill in the league.

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Accordingly, the Oilers must stay alert on the penalty kill; even though the Coyotes don’t have the most dangerous power-play in the league, they can still do damage.

In addition, Edmonton must watch out for the likes of Max Domi and Oliver Ekman-Larsson, two players who can be lethal when given too much space.

Players to Watch

Edmonton Oilers @ Arizona Coyotes
Max Domi vs. Milan Lucic

Coming off a four-point game in the team’s 6-3 win over Colorado, Lucic has been stepping up and finding the net. By the same token, he has been driving the puck to the net, crashing the crease and getting physical in front.

On the other side of the match-up, Domi is always lethal, and can make amazing plays on the fly. He is an underrated sophomore, and when forgotten about, he can make amazing things happen with the puck.

The puck drops in Arizona at 7 p.m. MT at Gila River Arena.

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