3 Keys to Oilers Victory vs. Coyotes

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#3 – Traffic and pucks to the Coyotes goal

As we mentioned in the lineups and previews segment, the Coyotes have scored their share of goals this season, currently ranked 2nd in the league with 35 in 11 games (3.18 per game).

But they also give up a lot, having surrendered the same amount of goals against to start the year.  Meaning the Oilers need to get more traffic in front of Smith, or whoever is starting and shoot the puck as much as they can.

The Oilers enter play as the 10th highest scoring teams despite only getting one puck past Brayden Holtby in their last contest. They also rank 5th in the league in 5-on-5 goals with 21 (not surprising given how lousy their power play has been lately).

Surprisingly though they rank just 23rd in the league with an average of 28.4 shots per game.  With the Coyotes giving up an average of 33.6 shots per game (24th overall), it’s clear that the Oilers have to send more rubber to the Phoenix goal and make life miserable for their netminders.

The garbage goals count towards the stats just as much as the pretty ones do, just ask Ryan Jones.  This team needs to get dirty in front of the net, win the battle for the lose pucks and get as many shots on goal as possible.

If the Oilers can accomplish all three of these keys, then a third straight road win may just be in the cards.

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