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Tale of the tape: Edmonton Oilers vs. Phoenix Coyotes

Phoenix Coyotes goalie Thomas Greiss
Phoenix Coyotes goalie Thomas Greiss
Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Turn out the lights. The party is pretty much over for the Phoenix Coyotes.

Yes, the Coyotes are in the thick of it for a playoff berth in the Western Conference but they have picked a terrible time to go on a three-game losing streak. There isn’t a good time to go on a losing streak, unless you’re tanking to get a high pick in the draft, especially with five-games left in the regular season and you’re on the outside looking in for the eighth and final playoff spot.

Right now Phoenix has 85-points in 77-games. The Dallas Stars have 85-points but they have played 75-games. The Stars are also on a three-game winning streak. To further diminish the Coyotes’ playoff hopes starting goalie Mike Smith, “will remain sidelined for the next week with an apparent right knee injury,” per a USA Today report on April 2, 2014.

The stat gurus at SportClubStats.com give Phoenix a 23.1% chance of making the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Not the best odds but they’re still mathematically alive and can take a step in the right direction on Friday night when they host the Edmonton Oilers.

It’s a been tough season for the Oilers. They aren’t the worst team in the NHL. They are the second worst team and riding a three-game losing streak. Also, Phoenix is 4-0 against Edmonton this season.

Simply put: Edmonton is low hanging fruit for the Coyotes.

Tale of the tape: Phoenix Coyotes vs. Edmonton Oilers

Friday, April 4, 2014
7 p.m. (PST)
Jobing.com Arena
Glendale, Arizona

Phoenix Coyotes: 36-28-13, 4th Pacific Division

Team Leaders:

Wins: Mike Smith (27)

GAA: Thomas Greiss (2.31)

Save %: Greiss (.923)

Shutouts: Smith (3)

Points: Keith Yandle (51)

Goals: Antoine Vermette (24)

Assists: Yandle (43)

+/- Four tied (6)

Team Rankings:

Goals For Average: 2.56 GFA, 19th in the NHL

Goals Against Average: 2.70 GAA, 19th in the NHL

Power Play: 20.4%, 6th in the NHL

Penalty Kill: 79.5%, 25th in the NHL

Edmonton Oilers: 26-42-9, 7th Pacific Division

Team Leaders:

Wins: Devan Dubnyk (11)

GAA: Dubnyk (3.36)

Save %: Ben Scrivens (.916)

Shutouts: Dubnyk (2)

Points: Taylor Hall (73)

Goals: Hall (26)

Assists: Hall (47)

+/- Mike Brown and Ben Eager (1)

Team Rankings:

Goals For Average: 2.40 GFA, 25th in the NHL

Goals Against Average: 3.26 GAA, 30th in the NHL

Power Play: 16.6%, 22nd in the NHL

Penalty Kill: 82.3%, 14th in the NHL