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Under the Scope: Oilers at Coyotes

An in-depth look at Tuesday's loss to the Coyotes

Wednesday, 24.11.2010 / 1:10 AM / Cenovus Live In-Game Blog
By Ryan Dittrick  - edmontonoilers.com
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Under the Scope: Oilers at Coyotes
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Martin Hanzal and Lee Stempniak each scored twice as the Phoenix Coyotes ran roughshod over the Edmonton Oilers by a 5-0 count.

The Oilers surrendered 34 shots on goal and were only able to respond with 23 of their own; all of which Ilya Bryzgalov turned away en route to the loss. Five different Coyotes players enjoyed multiple point nights, with Shane Doan getting involved in the action as he recorded his 50th career point vs. Edmonton.

All you need to know and more as we go Under the Scope:


It took only 48 seconds for the Coyotes to set the earliest of tones and score as much they needed to defeat the Oilers. Ray Whitney found himself to the right of Devan Dubnyk in a play of quick succession. While the veteran had an excellent opportunity to shoot, he passed off to teammate Martin Hanzal for an easy tap-in past a helpless Dubnyk. This was all the Coyotes needed on night where the opening goal sapped the energy from an emotionally fragile Oilers team.


49 The Oilers had the faceoff edge for much of the night, but fell apart in the third period in more ways than one. The team finished with a 49% efficiency rate. Shawn Horcoff led his team, winning 62% of his draws.
28 Although it was generally considered an uninspired effort tonight, the Oilers were able to establish a decent physical game. In total, the team dished out 28 hits.
3 The Oilers are now winless in their last three visits to the Jobing.com Arena in Glendale, AZ.
20 With much of the damage being done at even strength tonight, the Oilers finished the evening with a -20 team rating.


Ilya Bryzgalov
SV SA GA TOI SV%
23 23 0 60:00 100


Lee Stempniak
G A P +/- Shots
2 1 3 +2 4


Martin Hanzal
G A P +/- Shots
2 0 2 +2 4



COYOTES
Ilya Bryzgalov
SA SV GA TOI SV%
23 23 0 60:00 100

OILERS
Devan Dubnyk
SA SV GA TOI SV%
34 29 5 60:00 .853



COYOTES
Keith Yandle - D

22:32 - 0P, +2 rating

OILERS
Ryan Whitney - D

25:02 - 0P, -2 rating

With the Oilers trailing after one period of play, the team needed a spark to set an early tone in the middle frame. That didn't come, and it was the Coyotes who stepped up. Only two minutes into the second period, Wojtek Wolski worked the puck well off the half-boards, where he then made a strong drive to the slot area. The Oilers' forwards had already committed up high, leaving some extra room for Wolski to make a move. He walked into the slot, fought off the Oilers' defencemen, and fired a quick snap shot over the right shoulder of Devan Dubnyk to put his team up 2-0.


Martin Hanzal and Lee Stempniak each scored a pair of goals, but it was Ray Whitney who, once again against the Oilers, played a masterful game to lead his team offensively. A strong forecheck and cycle game enabled his line to generate a consistent offensive threat throughout the evening. In the process, Whitney added an assist and a plus-one rating in the victory. Whitney followed up his three-assist and first star performance vs. Edmonton last week with another MVP effort.


The line of Taylor Hall, Shawn Horcoff and Jordan Eberle was excellent tonight despite the loss. In fact, it wouldn't be unreasonable to suggest that they were the only line showing a consistent level of effort and execution. In particular, Captain Horcoff was doing his best to lead by example. The veteran finished the night with an even rating, one hit and an impressive 62% efficiency rate in the faceoff circle. On a night where not a lot went right, Horcoff was one of the bright spots.


When you think of the physical ability on the Oilers blueline, chances are your first thought would be rugged rookie Theo Peckham. Tonight, he backed up his reputation once again with a thunderous hit on Coyotes forward Paul Bissonnette, who skated though the neutral zone with his head down all the way. Peckham took note and stepped up near the red line, throwing his hip and shoulder violenty into his opponent; sending Bissonnette careening into the glass and on to the ice.


Shane Doan is one of the most effective offensive players in the league vs. Edmonton. With his assist tonight, Doan has now recorded 50 career points against the Oilers; an impressive number, especially considering that it was reached in only his 51st career game against Edmonton.


“We win a game and we figure we’re going to be hoisting the Cup or something, I don’t know. It’s a joke, I mean, the battle level was nonexistent tonight. The pride in the jersey was not close to where it needed to be. It was an absolute joke, travesty.”

- Head Coach Tom Renney on the team's performance




Thursday, November 25 vs. COL
  7:00 p.m. MT (TSN / 630 CHED)


After opening the road trip with a victory, the Oilers fell in a 5-0 decision to the Phoenix Coyotes to close the two-game set. The Oilers and Avalanche meet for the first time in 2010-11 as Edmonton looks to get back on track.

Author: Ryan Dittrick | edmontonoilers.com