The Edmonton Oilers will try to get back in the win column Sunday afternoon when they host the Arizona Coyotes. The Oilers had their three-game winning streak snapped Friday night when the Coyotes won the first half of the home-and-home 3-2 in a shootout.
“Just have to clean up the neutral zone. Get speed going,” says defenceman Matt Benning. “In the first period, we got peppered with shots. We’re going to try to limit their chances and keep those shots down.” The Oilers allowed 22 first period shots on Friday.
The Coyotes have an incredible run going against the Oilers, piling up a record of 20-0-4 since last losing to the Oilers in regulation time in January of 2011.
“They do not beat themselves. They make you err and they take advantage of your mistakes,” says head coach Todd McLellan. “We have to get our legs back underneath us. We have to get our energy level up. We have to get our heads cleared.”
Matt Hendricks will likely play on Sunday after being a healthy scratch on Friday.
“There’s a good chance Matty will be back in the lineup. Right now we’re trying to juggle a roster of up to 25 guys when they’re healthy. It’s not an easy thing. Sometimes players have to come out just to get others in,” says McLellan. He wouldn’t say who would be scratched to make way for Hendricks.
The Oilers and Coyotes are on 630 CHED on Sunday with the Face-off Show at 11:30am and the game starting at 1pm. (jrw)