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Oilers Look To Make It Three in A Row Today Versus Coyotes

Phoenix Coyotes @ Edmonton Oilers

18 MAR 2012 – 6:00 MDT

Oilers look to make it three in a row on Fan Appreciation Night.  Click for your game preview.

No pressure, right?

Maybe that’s the key.  The Oilers are well beyond the playoff talk, and with that has come two straight victories.  Teemu Hartikainen and Linus Omark both have points in the last two games, and the team is at least making thing somewhat interesting in the last month of play.

  •  Expecting to see Devan Dubnyk between the pipes for today’s affair.  Dubnyk has been at the helm for Edmonton’s past two games, and  will have a chance to reach .500 on the season with a victory today.  I’m not on the Fail for Nail bandwagon here.  I hope Dubnyk strings four or five more together.
  • Ray Whitney has been leading the Phoenix Coyotes in scoring for what seems like seventeen years.  Whitney currently has 66 points (21G-45A) in 72 games this season.  Expect him to be on the ice and in your TVs this afternoon.
  • Is this the day Ben Eager makes his way back to the lineup?  As of right now…maybe.  Eager has been out for the past two games because of back spasms.  From what is being written, if he’s not in today, it would be surprising not to see him versus Nashville on Tuesday.
  • While the Oilers continue their Playoff Spoilers ’12 tour, the Coyotes really would like to take this game to the bank.  Dallas is first in the Pacific with 83 points, San Jose is clinging to playoff life with 82, and Phoenix currently sits outside of the box with 81.  These two points are pretty big for the Coyotes.  An Oiler victory today would be akin to sticking a small fork in the electrical socket of the Coyotes’ playoff hopes.

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