Ray Whitney leads Phoenix in points with 11. Photo courtesy newstimes.com

Bits And Pieces – Coyotes @ Oilers Preview


Today, Edmonton takes on the Phoenix Coyotes in a matchup where I’ve already prayed to six or seven deities asking that we be spared a blowout.

I’m an optimist, what can I say?

They're all yours, Dubnyk.

Phoenix Coyotes @ Edmonton Oilers – Game 18

19 NOV 2010 – 7:00 MST / 9:00 EST

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Things to look for:

  • In case you’re just joining us, things have changed.  Devan Dubnyk is your likely starter tonight after Khabibulin has been placed on the IR with what is currently being called a “pulled groin”.  While Dubnyk isn’t leading the league in wins yet, he has posted solid numbers in the three games he’s appeared in this season.  Martin Gerber will likely back up Dubnyk.
  • Elder statesman Ray Whitney currently leads the Phoenix squad with eleven total points (3G-8A).  The Coyotes are coming off a 3-1 victory against Calgary on Wednesday, and are winners of four straight.
  • Jacques – Fraser – Stortini is what your fourth line will look like tonight.  Gilbert Brule is a healthy scratch.  If there’s noise tonight, I got my dollars on the Penner / Gagner / Hemsky line.

Small soapbox:  Former NHL coach Pat Burns has finally lost his battle with cancer.  And, it’s a damn shame he wasn’t selected to the Hall of Fame while he was on this earth.  The HHOF (or any HOF for that manner) is a wonderful honour for those selected.  It’s even more impressive when you’re alive to see it.

Coach Pat Burns won 500 games, three Jack Adams trophies for coach of the year, and a cup with the Devils in 2003.  Thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.

Enjoy the game, and GOILERS.