Fresh off a loss to the Calgary Flames Tuesday evening, the Phoenix Coyotes travel north to Edmonton tonight to take on the “undefeated” Edmonton Oilers down at The Drug Store.
Jeff Deslaurier will get the start in goal for Edmonton, which could determine whether he remains with the organization moving forward. Hard to believe so much of a man’s future could ride on one game, but alas, such is the life of a professional hockey player.
The Coyotes will have their hands full attempting to shut down the Oilers first line tonight, as Magnus Paajarvi and Ales Hemsky will lineup with centre Sam Gagner.
That combination will surely have Head Coach Tom Renney and Oil fans salivating, especially on the heels of Paajarvi’s hat-trick performance in his last preseason game.
Magnus Paajarvi – Sam Gagner – Ales Hemsky
Dustin Penner – Andrew Cogliano – Gilbert Brule
Liam Reddox – Colin Fraser – Ryan Jones
Alexandre Giroux – Ryan O’Marra – Colin McDonald
Ladislav Smid – Alex Plante
Taylor Chorney – Tom Gilbert
Richard Petiot – Kurtis Foster
Jeff Deslauriers, Starting Goaltender; Martin Gerber, Backup Goaltender
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