The free-falling Edmonton Oilers have lost seven of their last eight games (1-6-1) to plummet toward the deeper waters of the Pacific Division. The Oilers look to reverse course on Friday when they play the fourth contest of a five-game road trip against the longtime residents of that ocean floor: the Arizona Coyotes.

The frustrating season hit another low in the last outing for Connor McDavid, who saw his team's bid for a late game-tying goal go by the boards due to a reviewed offside call as Edmonton sustained its third straight loss with a 2-1 setback at Nashville on Thursday. "I think the fans want to see offense, and if that's going to hold back offense, it's very frustrating," the reigning Hart Trophy recipient said. While Edmonton hardly is tearing up the league with its 24th-ranked offense (2.7 goals per game), Arizona resides one shy of the basement (2.3, 30th) in that regard while surrendering an NHL third-worst 3.4 goals per contest. The Coyotes exit their league-mandated break looking to turn around their fortunes after losing 11 of 14 (3-9-2).

TV: 9 p.m. ET, Sportsnet West (Edmonton), FS Arizona

ABOUT THE OILERS (18-23-3): Defenseman Matthew Benning, who set up McDavid's team co-leading 15th goal against the Predators, collected a goal and an assist in Edmonton's 3-2 overtime win over Arizona on Nov. 28. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored on a breakaway 4:20 into overtime of that contest and is tied with McDavid with 15 goals despite mustering just one in the past 10 games overall. Cam Talbot has routinely flustered Arizona, highlighted by a 29-save performance in the first meeting this season to improve to 7-3-1 with a 2.24 goals-against average and .928 save percentage in 11 career encounters.

ABOUT THE COYOTES (10-27-6): Anthony Duclair scored for the second straight game in a 2-1 shootout loss to the New York Rangers on Saturday, but the disgruntled 22-year-old found himself joining defenseman Adam Clendening in heading to Chicago four days later in exchange for forwards Richard Panik and Laurent Dauphin. Signed to a two-year, $5.6 million contract, Panik (six goals, 10 assists) ended a 27-game drought Tuesday night in an 8-2 victory at Ottawa. "Richard Panik is a big, skilled winger who is an excellent goal scorer," Arizona general manager John Chayka said. "He's also a strong two-way forward with great speed and provides a veteran presence. He will be a nice addition to our forward group.


1. Arizona D Oliver Ekman-Larsson capped a three-game goal-scoring streak versus Edmonton, marking the last time he's tallied this season.

2. The Oilers' 31st-ranked penalty kill (71.4) has permitted nine power-play goals in the last seven contests.

3. Arizona RW Christian Fischer scored in the last encounter versus Edmonton and has four goals in his last eight games overall.

PREDICTION: Coyotes 3, Oilers 2