IN-GAME BLOG: Coyotes vs. Oilers
Minute-by-minute updates from Edmonton's home game against Phoenix
It's the third and final meeting between the two teams and the Oilers are looking for a series sweep. Both Phoenix and Edmonton are fighting for the eighth and final playoff spot with Phoenix in the eleventh spot and one point on top of the Oilers. With a win, the Oilers can jump over the Coyotes and come into a three-way tie for ninth with Dallas and Columbus, who are both not in action tonight.
Jerred Smithson will be making his home debut at Rexall after joining the team on the road in Los Angeles.
A few lineup changes tonight. Ales Hemsky will be back in the lineup after missing the last few games with a lower body injury. Ryan Jones, Anton Lander, Theo Peckham and Corey Potter are all healthy scratches.
Line Combinations (and defence pairings) for the Oilers:
Hall - Nugent-Hopkins - Eberle
Paajarvi - Gagner - Hemsky
Smyth - Horcoff - Yakupov
Petrell - Smithson - Brown
N. Schultz - J. Schultz
Whitney - Fistric
Smid - Petry
20:00: Puck has dropped. The game is now underway.
15:14: Devan Dubnyk with a huge save on Chris Conner who was all alone in front and tried to go five-hole.
13:42: The Coyotes are on the powerplay as Jordan Eberle goes to the box for hooking.
10:24: Mikkel Boedker rushes in and ties to put the puck between Dubnyk but was denied. Scorless midway through the first.
8:58: Mike Smith robs Jordan Eberle who tried to go glove side.
8:07: Huge hit from Jerred Smithson on Zbynek Michalek.
0:00: After twenty minutes, the game remains scoreless. Shots on net were 10-8.
20:00: Puck has dropped. Second period is now underway.
19:23: Boyd Gordon with a bad angle shot and beats Dubnyk. | PHX 1, EDM 0
13:40: Oilers are back on the penalty kill with Smithson going to the box for tripping.
13:35: And it's some four-on-four hockey as Radim Vrbata gets two minutes for tripping.
11:00: Dubnyk behind the net and turns the puck over to Antoine Vermette who puts it in the open net. | PHX 2, EDM 0
8:42: Connor all-alone in front but was stopped by Dubnyk.
4:52: Shane Doan goes to the box for interference. Oilers on the powerplay.
3:10: Davis Moss with a breakaway but finds the post!
2:15: The Oilers back on the penalty kill as Ales Hemsky gets two minutes for high-sticking.
0:00: After 40 minutes, the Coyotes are leading, 2-0. Shots on net, 22-15 for the Coyotes.
20:00: The third period is now underway.
17:38: Shawn Horcoff all alone in front but was stopped by Smith.
12:11: Nail Yakupov jumps on the reboud and beats Smith to pull the Oilers within one. | PHX 2, EDM 1
|"Nail Yakupov scores 10th of season. He joins Sam Gagner (14), Taylor Hall (13), Jordan Eberle (12) for Oilers hitting double digits in goals"
10:51: Yakupov gets two minutes for interference. The Oilers are back on the penalty kill.
9:42: Huge hit from Smyth to Shane Doan.
7:09: The Oilers go on the powerplay as Martin Hanzal gets two for boarding.
3:33: Four-on-four hockey as Keith Yandle goes to the box for slashing and Nail Yakupov gets two for cross checking.
1:53: Oilers pull Dubnyk for the extra skater on the ice.
0:58: 30-second time out called by the Oilers.
0:54: Smith with the glove save on Hall.
0:16: Horcoff draws a cross-checking penalty and the face-off is back in the Oilers zone.
0:08: David Moss beats Dubnyk and puts the Coyotes up 3-1. | PHX 3, EDM 1
0:00: The Phoenix Coyotes defeat the Edmonton Oilers, 3-1. | PHX 3, EDM 1