NHL Hockey

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Edmonton 1 1 0 2
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7:00 PM PT8:00 PM MT9:00 PM CT10:00 PM ET3:00 GMT11:00 8:00 PM MST10:00 PM EST7:00 UAE (+1)22:00 ETNaN:� BRT, January 12, 2019
Rogers Place, Edmonton, Alberta  Attendance: 18,347

More injury news hits as Coyotes prep for Oilers

Arizona Coyotes at Edmonton Oilers

  1. The Oilers have won seven of the last eight against the Coyotes. The last two games played in Edmonton have gone to overtime with the Oilers coming out on top, 3-2 and 4-3.
  2. Arizona has won back-to-back games over the Rangers and Canucks, scoring at least four goals in each game. The Coyotes have only scored at least four goals in at least three straight games one other time this season (five straight from October 23-November 2).
  3. Edmonton beat Florida in a shootout on Thursday, 4-3, their seventh win in overtime or a shootout this season. The Oilers are 7-3 in overtime or shootout games this season, tied for the fourth-best such record in hockey.
  4. Richard Panik lit the lamp and added two assists for his first three-point game since November 15, 2017. He has 11 points in his last 20 games after totaling just six in his first 20 games this season.
  5. Connor McDavid has scored five goals in January, tied for second most in the NHL (Tyler Seguin, 6). He has tallied at least one point in 86.0 percent (37/43) of his games this season, highest among players with at least 10 games played.
  6. The Coyotes own the second-best road penalty-kill percentage this season at 87.3 percent. The Oilers have scored on five of their last 10 power-play opportunities at home.

The hits just keep on coming for the Arizona Coyotes.

The Coyotes placed center Brad Richardson, their leading scorer with 11 goals, on injured reserve Friday with an upper-body injury suffered the previous night in a 4-3 overtime victory at Vancouver.

Richardson will join goaltender Antti Raanta, defenseman Jason Demers and forwards Christian Dvorak, Michael Grabner and Nick Schmaltz on the sideline when the team continues its Western Canada trip with a game Saturday night in Edmonton.

Richardson, who is three goals shy of tying his career high of 14 set in 2006-07 with Colorado, also leads the team in faceoff winning percentage (54.7). The team said he is considered week-to-week.

Despite the injuries, the Coyotes are still trying to claw their way into playoff positioning. They were six points out of the race for the Western Conference's second wild-card berth heading into Friday night.

"Injuries are a part of it," Coyotes general manager John Chayka told Arizona Sports 98.7 FM, the team's flagship radio station.

"Guys have stepped up. We're still in the hunt. ... Our guys can smell it. There are some meaningful games here. ... Our staff has done a nice job so far of keeping guys accountable, and we continue to move forward."

Arizona is one of nine NHL teams that have earned more points on the road (23) than at home (18) this season.

Despite blowing three one-goal leads in the opener of their three-game trip, Richard Panik scored in overtime, his second of the game, as the Coyotes won in Vancouver.

"We got the lead a couple times and Vancouver scratched and clawed to get back in it," Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet told NHL.com. "With the injuries and guys banged up, it was one of those games we just needed that little inch from everybody and we got a little inch from everybody."

This will be the second meeting of the new year between the teams. Connor McDavid had two goals, including an empty-netter, and an assist as the Oilers won 3-1 on Jan. 2 at Arizona, snapping a six-game losing streak.

The Oilers snapped a five-game home losing streak Thursday with a 4-3 shootout victory against Florida. McDavid forced overtime with a goal with eight seconds remaining in regulation.

"We were exhausted. This is the worst-case scenario. Four-game road trip, travel all day, come back and play," Oilers coach Ken Hitchcock told NHL.com.

"I thought our players really gutted it up in the third period and did a hell of a job. We changed the lines, got more energy from the change in lines in our opinion. Players really helped each other.

"Everybody knew halfway through the first period we had nothing and they just helped each other the whole time. They stayed vocal on the bench. Any good thing that went on, guys were cheerleading each other trying to help.

"It's a really good sign. It's a hell of a sign for absolutely zero in the tank. To come up with two points is, for me, really, really impressive."

It was announced Friday that Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl was voted the Last Man In for the Pacific Division team for the NHL All-Star Game on Jan. 26 in San Jose. Draisaitl, who will be making his All-Star debut, will join McDavid on the divisional roster.

--Field Level Media

Updated January 11, 2019

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