GLENDALE, Arizona (Ticker) -- The Edmonton Oilers hope to
rebound from a poor showing by their penalty-killing unit Friday
night as they visit the Phoenix Coyotes.
Edmonton had a three-game unbeaten streak (2-0-1) snapped with
Wednesday's 4-2 loss to the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim. In the
opener of a three-game road trip, the Oilers gave up a pair of
The loss dropped the Oilers to 1-6-2 in their last nine road
games. They are 10th in the Western Conference, nine points for
the eighth and final playoff spot.
Phoenix is two points behind EDmonton and is playing its second
game under interim coach Rick Bowness after Bob Francis was
fired on Tuesday.
On Wednesday, the Coyotes blew a two-goal lead and suffered a
4-3 overtime loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Jan Hrdina and
Mike Sillinger scored in the first period and defenseman Cale
Hulse tallied to give Phoenix a 3-1 lead 5:21 into the second.
Edmonton is 5-1-1-2 in its last nine meetings with the Coyotes.