GAME DAY: Edmonton @ Phoenix

Edmonton Oilers @ Phoenix Coyotes

15 DEC 2011 – 7:30 MDT

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F

Sam Gagner – Ryan Nugent-Hopkins – Jordan Eberle
Taylor Hall – Shawn Horcoff – Ales Hemsky
Ryan Smyth – Eric Belanger – Ryan Jones
Ben Eager – Anton Lander – Lennart Petrell

D
Ladislav Smid – Tom Gilbert
Ryan Whitney – Jeff Petry
Theo Peckham – Corey Potter

G

Devan Dubnyk
Nikolai Khabibulin

  • NUMBER FOUR:  Taylor Hall returns after missing a couple of weeks with a shoulder injury.  Hall sustained what looked to be a pretty awful shoulder injury in a game against the Avalanche on November 25th.  I’m quite surprised he needed that little a time to heal from the hit.  Here’s hoping he’s 100%, and so help me God if he’s being rushed back into the lineup.
  • Ray Whitney - Photo courtesy Jamie Sabau/Getty Images North America

    Word on the street is that Khabibulin has been missing practices in order to rest.  Point:  he’s been playing the majority of the games so far this year, and I’m definitely not against giving the guy some scheduled maintenance days.  Counterpoint:  Four days off is a lot.  Play it like you will, that’s a tonne of ‘maintenance’.  Knowing all that, Devan Dubnyk is slated to start tonight in goal.

  • FINALLY, Corey Potter is back after a month off with a sprained ankle.  Along with Khabibulin, Potter has been a big surprise for the Oilers this year.  Potter has eight points (2G-6A) in sixteen games so far, and he’s averaged over 20 minutes of ice time per contest.
  • Ray Whitney leads the Coyotes in scoring (again).  Whitney has 26 points (10G-16A) in 30 GP.
  • MISC: Someone go buy Magnus Paajarvi a goal.  Guy is scratched again, and his streak now sits at 25 games.  Edmonton can tie Phoenix in the standings with a victory tonight.  Peanut butter goes good with a banana.

PREDICTION

OILERS 4

COYOTES 2

GOILERS

 

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Topics: Corey Potter, Devan Dubnyk, Magnus Paajarvi, Nikolai Khabibulin, Taylor Hall

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