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-Larssonvs.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.