Two veterans will return to action Friday night when the Edmonton Oilers visit the Arizona Coyotes. After being healthy scratches for the last three games, centre Mark Letestu and winger Benoit Pouliot are set to go.
“We’ll get good games from both of them,” says head coach Todd McLellan. “Letestu didn’t come out because of his performance. It was an opportunity to put some younger players and returning players back in and try to get different ingredients into the lineup. Benny has had a chance to reflect and take inventory. He’ll have a great night, too.”
“I thought my play was pretty solid at the time. But when teams get better and depth is accumulated and you have a lot of guys playing well, good doesn’t do it anymore. You need to be exceptional most every night,” says Letestu.
“I’ve watched the past three games. Sometimes stepping back and getting back in the groove after that will do good for you,” explains Pouliot, who has gone eleven games without a point. “I know I could play better hockey. I knew it was my fault.”
The Coyotes are 19-0-4 in their last 23 games against the Oilers. Edmonton last beat them in regulation time on January 23, 2011.
The Oilers expected lineup is:
Lucic – McDavid – Puljujarvi
Maroon – Nugent-Hopkins – Eberle
Pouliot – Draisaitl – Caggiula
Kassian – Letestu – Pitlick
Klefbom – Larsson
Sekera – Russell
Nurse – Benning
The Oilers and Coyotes are on 630 CHED with the Face-off Show at 5:30pm. The game starts at 7pm. (jrw)