Edmonton Oilers Ready for Rematch With Arizona

The Edmonton Oilers are ready to rebound after falling to the Arizona Coyotes Friday in a shootout.

In their second game against the Coyotes, the Oilers look to get back to their winning ways and stay atop the Pacific Division. Here is everything you need to know prior to puck drop.

Projected Lines

There are some changes to the Oilers forward lines Friday. Otherwise, everything else looks the same. Here are the projected lines against Arizona.

Forwards:

Milan Lucic-Connor McDavid-Jesse Puljujarvi

Patrick Maroon-Ryan Nugent-Hopkins-Jordan Eberle

Benoit Pouliot-Leon Draisaitl-Zack Kassian

Matt Hendricks-Mark Letestu-Tyler Pitlick

Extra: Anton Slepyshev, Drake Caggiula

Defense:

Oscar Klefbom-Adam Larsson

Andrej Sekera-Kris Russell

Darnell Nurse-Matthew Benning

Between Two Pipes

Cam Talbot will start in net for the Oilers, despite a heavy workload of late. Jonas Gustavsson will get playing time in the coming weeks.

Keys to Victory

Edmonton needs to limit Arizona’s time in the offensive zone. Also, the Oilers need to stop them from generating too many shots; Arizona had 40 shots on net Friday. This also led to the Coyotes to tie the game at a critical time in the third period, which by the same token led to the shootout loss.

In addition, the Oilers have to get off to an energetic start. They’re at home, meaning an early goal will ignite the building. If they can capture that energy and feel of the game early, they’ll keep that momentum and control over the game for the whole 60 minutes.

Players to Watch

Arizona Coyotes vs. Edmonton Oilers
Oliver Ekman-Larsson vs. Adam Larsson

Two Larssons, two defensemen and two very good players. Oliver Ekman-Larsson is one of the top blueliners in the league, and can be quite the scoring threat.

Adam, on the other hand, is a quality defender who can also rip it from the point. Despite the fact he doesn’t qualify as among the NHL’s top shooters, he is underrated and can make you pay.

Defensively, these men will be the difference when it comes to chances allowed Sunday.The puck drops at 1 p.m. MT at Rogers Place.

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