The Phoenix Coyotes are back home after a short trip business trip to southern California. On Thursday they spotted the Los Angeles Kings a 4-0 lead in the first period. Tied up the game at 4-4 at the 2:50 mark of the third period. They proceeded to give up three unanswered goals and lost 7-4.
"It looks like our season, where we can be so good at times and then we can be so bad at times," Coyotes forward Shane Doan said on PhoenixCoyotes.com after the L.A. Kings game. "As leaders, we've got to talk and we've got to stick to what's fundamentally working for us because that's really what our games is: Keeping it simple and doing things right, the way that we know to, instead of trying to get off our own page."
The loss ended the Coyotes streak of earning a point in their last seven games. Coyotes forward Mike Ribeiro didn’t tally a point for the first time in seven-games. All in all it was a bad night for the Coyotes and they are probably grateful to be heading home after a tough evening in Jim Morrison’s favorite city.
On Saturday, October 26 at high noon, the Coyotes host the Edmonton Oilers at Jobing.com Arena in Glendale, AZ. The Oilers are reeling. They have lost six of their last eight games and will be without Taylor Hall due to a knee injury.
It will be a homecoming for former Coyotes goalie Jason LaBarbera,who will likely be in goal for the Oilers. LaBarbera signed with the Oilers this past off-season.
“I’d like to give Barbs a chance against his old teammates,” Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins said on Edmontonoilers.com on Friday. “I think we’ll go that way. There’s two sides of the coin. He’s going to play his old teammates and he’ll be excited and motivated but his teammates are going to be motivated to play against him as well. That’s the way we’re leaning right now.”
Tale of the tape: Edmonton Oilers vs. Phoenix Coyotes
Saturday, October 26, 2013
12:00 p.m. (PT)
Jobing.com Arena in Glendale, AZ
Phoenix Coyotes: 6-3-2 (14 points), 4th Pacific Division and 6th Western Conference
Wins: Mike Smith (5)
GAA: Smith (3.08)
Save %: Smith (.907)
Points: Martin Hanzal (10)
Goals: Radim Vrbata and Mike Ribeiro (5)
Assists: Mikkel Boedker (7)
+/- Rob Klinkhammer (8)
Goals For Average: 3.14 GFA, 8th in the NHL
Goals Against Average: 3.05 GAA, 25th in the NHL
Power Play: 17.9%, 17th in the NHL
Penalty Kill: 82.6%, 14th in the NHL
Edmonton Oilers: 3-7-1 (7 pts) 7th Pacific Division and 14th in the Western Conference
Wins: Devan Dubnyk (2)
GAA: Dubnyk (4.01)
Save %: Dubnyk (.909)
Points: Jordan Eberle and Mark Arcobello (10)
Goals: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (4)
Assists: Arcobello (8)
+/- Arcobello (5)
Goals For Average: 2.70 GFA, 17th in the NHL
Goals Against Average: 3.87 GAA, 29th in the NHL
Power Play: 12.8%, 24th in the NHL
Penalty Kill: 73.7%, 28th in the NHL