GLENDALE, Arizona (Ticker) - With the way the Phoenix Coyotes
have played lately, it's too bad coach Wayne Gretzky no longer
can suit up and play.
"The Great One" continues to search for ways to guide his team
out of its recent offensive drought as the Coyotes try to snap a
four-game slide Thursday against the Edmonton Oilers.
After scoring six goals in an opening night victory the New York
Islanders, Phoenix has dropped eight of its last nine,
including back-to-back shutouts against the Los Angeles Kings
and the Dallas Stars.
The Coyotes are last in the Western Conference in victories,
goals allowed and points, and have been outscored, 44-19, this
Owen Nolan scored his second goal of the campaign in the first
period before Phoenix surrendered four consecutive tallies en
route to Tuesday's 6-1 defeat to the Calgary Flames.
Edmonton, Gretzky's original team as a player, had a three-game
winning streak snapped with Wednesday's 6-2 loss to the Anaheim
Jarret Stoll recorded his third career multi-goal game for the
Oilers, who have lost three of their four road contests this
Petr Sykora, who leads the team in scoring with 13 points,
collected a goal and three assists and Ales Hemsky added two
assists to lead Edmonton in Monday's 5-2 triumph over Phoenix.