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Edmonton Oilers vs. Phoenix Coyotes

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By Dave Vest
GLENDALE -- The Coyotes will play their final home game before the NHL All-Star break tonight at Arena against the Edmonton Oilers. The puck drops at 7 p.m. (Arizona time).

Phoenix (24-16-9) will enter the game in sixth place in the Western Conference standings and with a three-game home losing streak.

Ilya Bryzgalov will start in goal for the Coyotes, who have beaten Edmonton six times in a row, including four straight in Glendale.

"If you look at their lineup they're a good, young team and they have some really high-end talent that plays the game very fast," Coyotes Head Coach Dave Tippett said of the Oilers. "They're a team that's hungry for credibility and every time they can go out and play well they add to that credibility. They're a dangerous team."

Coyotes defenseman/alternate captain Ed Jovanovski, who has missed the past five games because of a lower-body injury suffered on Jan. 13 vs. Toronto, skated with teammates at Monday's practice and again at Tuesday's morning skate. Defenseman Derek Morris (lower-body injury) also took part in the morning skate. Both are hoping to return to the lineup tonight.

Defenseman Michal Rozsival (lower-body injury) did not skate on Tuesday morning.

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The Coyotes on Monday recalled center Andrew Ebbett from the American Hockey League and sent winger Brett MacLean back to the AHL. The move will allow forward Lauri Korpikoski, who had been playing center in place of injured center Vernon Fiddler, to move back to winger.

Edmonton (14-25-8) will enter the game winless in its past five games (0-4-1) and in 15th place in the Western Conference standings.

Oilers backup Devan Dubnyk will get the start in goal in place of former Coyotes goalie Nikolai Khabibulin.

"We have to learn how to play this game properly," Oilers Head Coach Tom Renney told the Edmonton Journal after Sunday's loss. "Whatever our season looks like at the end of the day, we have to have gotten better. We have to be able to pay attention to those parts of the game that are incumbent with being a winner over the long haul. That's really what this first season will be all about."
Who's Hot
Coyotes right wing Lee Stempniak has notched at least one point in each of the past five games. During that stretch he has five goals and three assists.
Oilers left wing Taylor Hall, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, leads Edmonton with 15 goals.
Did You Know?
  • Coyotes defenseman Keith Yandle, who leads the team with 40 points, has notched 10 points (one goal, nine assists) during a seven-game point streak. Yandle’s 33 assists in 49 games is the most in franchise history since Jets defenseman Phil Housley recorded 45 assists through the first 49 games in 1992-93.

  • The Coyotes have scored a power-play goal in each of the past three games.
  • This game can be seen on Fox Sports Arizona. This game can be heard on XTRA Sports 910 (AM). A link to the radio broadcast will be provided at at 7 p.m.

Click below to listen to interviews with members of the Coyotes about tonight's game.

• Andrew Ebbett

• Kyle Turris

• Dave Tippett

  Gilbert Brule
  Jordan Eberle
  Ales Hemsky
  Ryan Whitney
  Vernon Fiddler
  Michal Rozsival
  David Schlemko
2010-2011 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Mar 17 '11 PHX 3 at EDM 1 R. Whitney
Jan 25 '11 EDM 4 at PHX 3 D. Penner
Nov 23 '10 EDM 0 at PHX 5 M. Hanzal
Nov 19 '10 PHX 4 at EDM 3 - SO E. Belanger
D. Penner48151631-83143
T. Hall48161430-91443
S. Gagner48111829-111911
A. Hemsky3292029+31011
R. Whitney3522527+133300
J. Eberle3791423-4412
M. Paajarvi4661319+01210
A. Cogliano4871118-93502
S. Horcoff2771017+41841
R. Jones4811415-21500
T. Gilbert4851015-122420
K. Foster453912-103130
L. Omark19369-71200
G. Brule34628-73311
T. Peckham45268-410400
J. Vandermeer28156+21800
L. Smid44066-75300
L. Reddox11055+1000
Z. Stortini31044-27100
J. Jacques26303+01300
C. Fraser48213-14900
J. Petry13123+0000
R. O'Marra9123+0200
T. Chorney6022-3200
S. MacIntyre14011+04200
J. Strudwick21000-71100
S. Belle5000-2000
N. Khabibulin318-21-21039553.46.892
D. Dubnyk175-4-6465492.76.916
M. Gerber22-0-03601.50.950
K. Yandle5073542+24020
R. Whitney48102636-31820
S. Doan40112233-44363
L. Stempniak50141327+11820
R. Vrbata47101626+2850
S. Upshall49141024+43612
L. Korpikoski50111324+91001
E. Belanger5051621+11411
T. Pyatt4612719+121925
M. Hanzal4311819-33464
A. Aucoin4821719+163600
K. Turris408816+0401
W. Wolski3661016-61000
M. Rozsival3531215+12401
E. Jovanovski425914+43511
V. Fiddler455813+33601
O. Ekman-Larsson341910+11800
D. Morris46459-93311
S. Lepisto37459+62700
D. Schlemko25055+11800
M. Boedker9022+1200
A. Ebbett7101+1201
B. MacLean2101+0011
N. Yonkman12011+32400
P. Prucha11011+0400
P. Bissonnette26000+44900
G. Stafford2000+0000
C. Summers2000-3400
I. Bryzgalov3818-12-69911782.65.916
J. LaBarbera146-5-3384413.02.914
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