|PHX||0||0||0||(0 - 0)||2|
|EDM||0||0||0||(0 - 0)||5|
The Edmonton Oilers have been dominant at home. The Phoenix Coyotes have had a hard time winning anywhere.
Playing the finale of a three-game stretch at Rexall Place, the Oilers look to remain undefeated there Monday when they take on the struggling Coyotes.
Edmonton (5-2-0) beat the Detroit Red Wings 3-1 on Saturday to improve its home record to 4-0-0. The Oilers have outscored opponents 14-7 at Rexall Place, and have won seven straight there dating back to last season.
Petr Sykora and Joffrey Lupul scored on breakaways exactly 2 minutes apart late in the third period for the Oilers, who didn't record their fifth win last season until their 12th game. Sykora's goal was his fifth of the season, and he has 11 goals and nine assists in 26 games against Phoenix.
Edmonton continues to struggle on the power play, though. The Oilers went 0-for-5 with the man advantage, and haven't scored in their last 19 chances since Ryan Smyth tallied Oct. 14 against the Colorado Avalanche.
"I don't know if it's a good thing or a bad thing that we're talking about this after every game," Lupul said. "We're finding ways to win games, and that's No. 1, but we have to get better in all aspects."
Oilers left wing Ethan Moreau dislocated his right shoulder in a shoving match with Danny Markov and is expected to miss at least a week. Moreau has one goal in seven games.
Edmonton's Steve Staios scored the game's first goal Saturday. It was the defenseman's first goal since March 26, when he scored against Avalanche.
Phoenix (2-6-0) was shut out for the second straight game in Saturday's 4-0 loss to Dallas. The Coyotes, who also lost 4-0 Thursday to the Los Angeles Kings, are off to their worst start since going 1-5-2 in the 1994-95 while in Winnipeg.
The Coyotes, who were last blanked in consecutive games March 24-26, 2004, are also tied with the Philadelphia Flyers in goals allowed with 33.
"It's not going to be handed to them," Coyotes coach Wayne Gretzky said. "They've got to fix it themselves. They've got to battle through it and got to figure out a way to get out of this. It's just not fun. The reality is, if you think we're better than our record indicates you better show it."
Curtis Joseph made 28 saves for the Coyotes in Saturday's loss, but has allowed 16 goals in his last four games, and has a 3.64 goals-against average. Joseph is 19-6-3 with a 2.59 GAA in 30 games against the Oilers, who he played for from 1995-98.
Shane Doan has two goals and a team-high six points. He has eight goals and 25 assists in 35 games against the Oilers.
The Coyotes went 2-1-1 against the Oilers last season, and each team won a game in a shootout.
|Feb 27 '07||PHX 3 at EDM 0||O. Nolan|
|Dec 21 '06||EDM 3 at PHX 2||P. Sykora|
|Oct 26 '06||EDM 2 at PHX 6||O. Saprykin|
|Oct 23 '06||PHX 2 at EDM 5||S. Horcoff|