By Dave Vest
The Coyotes will take on the Edmonton Oilers tonight at Rexall Place. The puck drops at 7 p.m. (Arizona time).
Phoenix (13-9-1), which has earned five points in the past three games, will be looking to snap a four-game losing streak in Edmonton.
The Coyotes have killed 14 consecutive penalties dating to a 4-1 loss to Tampa Bay a week ago.
(12-6-1) will start in goal for Phoenix.
Defenseman Ed Jovanovski
, who has missed the past seven games because of a lower-body injury, accompanied the team on this two-game trip to Edmonton and Calgary. His status for tonight’s game is unclear.
If Jovanovski doesn’t play, defenseman Keith Yandle
again will get added responsibilities and ice time. Yandle has wowed the coaching staff with his play while Jovanovski, Zbynek Michalek (lower-body injury) and Kurt Sauer
(upper-body injury) have been sidelined.
"I love the way he's accepted the challenge and wants to elevate his game,” Coyotes Head Coach Dave Tippett said.
Edmonton (9-11-3) has lost five of its past six games.
Oilers starting goalie Nikolai Khabibulin, a former Coyote, is nursing a back injury and won’t play. The Oilers will go with rookie Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers (2-2-1) between the pipes instead.
Coyotes captain Shane Doan
said Phoenix must be cognizant of Edmonton's speed.
"Their defensemen really move the puck well and you have to be willing to skate with them," Doan said. "You can't let them get too much speed coming through the neutral zone because they'll really utilize that."