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Oilers at Phoenix: Game Day Centre

Thursday, 18.10.2007 / 4:24 PM / Boston Pizza Game Preview
PHOENIX COYOTES (2-3-0) at
EDMONTON OILERS (2-4-0)

Start Time: 8:08 p.m. MDT
Television: Rogers Sportsnet West
Radio: 630 CHED, Oilers Radio Network and online at edmontonoilers.com.

The Edmonton Oilers continue their three-game road swing with a visit to Phoenix tonight.

After winning their first two games of the season, the Oilers have dropped four straight and look to get back on track against the Arizona club.

Phoenix, meanwhile, have had an up-and-down start to the season. After winning their season opener, the Coyotes lost a pair of games to Boston and Columbus before getting back on the winning side of things in Nashville. Their last game was a 3-2 loss at home to Minnesota.

Just The Facts...

OILERS TO WATCH: Edmonton's top line tonight is expected to be Geoff Sanderson, Andrew Cogliano and Ales Hemsky. The trio should help provide some speed and generate chances to get the Coyotes back on their heels. Hemsky has only three assists in six games and is still looking for his first goal of the season but both Sanderson and Cogliano are tied for the team lead in goals with two apiece. Cogliano also leads the team with five points. His five points is tops among all NHL rookies so far this season.

COYOTES TO WATCH: Goaltender Alex Auld gets the start tonight for the Coyotes and he will be looking to turn his recent fortunes around when it comes to playing Edmonton. In his career, Auld has a record of 2-5-0 in seven games versus the Oilers with a 4.05 goals-against average. So far this season, Auld has a 1-1-0 record with a 3.03 GAA for Phoenix... Radim Vrbata is off to a hot start with four points in five games, tied for the Coyotes lead in points with Shane Doan.

ROSTER UPDATES: Edmonton – Sheldon Souray (shoulder) is out. Ethan Moreau (foot) is out. Mathieu Roy (concussion) is day-to-day; Phoenix – Zbynek Michalek (broken hand) is out.

FAST FACTS: Overall, the Oilers are 87-48-11-5 against the Phoenix/Winnipeg franchise all time... The Oilers are tied with the Phoenix Coyotes for the youngest team in the NHL, with the 2007-08 roster averaging 26.6 years of age... Oilers center Shawn Horcoff has 239 points (83 goals, 156 assists) in 433 career games and is tied for 16th place on the Oilers all-time scoring list with Jason Arnott. He is one point behind Kelly Buchberger for 15th.


News Update


Souray Injured; MacTavish and Souray comment - The Edmonton Oilers announced that defenceman Sheldon Souray will be out for the next 3-4 weeks with a shoulder injury. Both Souray and Oilers head coach Craig MacTavish spoke with the media Wednesday in Phoenix. ...more
The Answers

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The Other Side

Pre-Game Video - Video interviews with Fredrik Sjostrom, Freddy Meyer and Mike Zigomanis. WATCH

Behind the Scenes with Wayne Gretzky - On Tuesday, Phoenix Coyotes /FSN Arizona TV Color Analyst Darren Pang caught up with Coyotes Head Coach Wayne Gretzky to talk about a variety of recent and upcoming events. WATCH

Tonight's Game Preview - Get the scoop on tonight's game from PhoenixCoyotes.com. ...more


Odds and Ends

VIDEO: Matt Greene takes fans on a tour of the new Oilers dressing room - Greene does a crib-style walking tour of the Oilers new state-of-the-art dressing room. WATCH
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