NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Saturday, December 6th (All times eastern)
Phoenix Coyotes (12-11-2) at St. Louis Blues (10-11-3), 8:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Coyotes have found their offense over the last two games. They didn't need much of it to sweep their season series with the Blues a season ago.
Phoenix will try for its fifth straight win over St. Louis, as the two teams meet tonight at Scottrade Center.
The Coyotes have won four of their last five games following a six-game losing streak (0-4-2). They have netted 10 goals in the last two contests, exploding for a season-high in goals scored in Thursday's 6-3 win over Toronto.
Martin Hanzal paced the offense with his first-career hat trick. The 2005 first-round pick had eight goals and 27 assists in 72 games as a rookie last year and has posted six goals and 10 assists in 25 games this season.
Steve Reinprecht scored twice in the third period, Derek Morris and Ed Jovanovski each collected two assists while Todd Fedoruk also scored for the Coyotes, who begin a three-game road trip tonight and are 4-7-1 as the visiting team this year.
Mikael Tellqvist was aiming for a chance to do some damage against his old club in making his second straight start, but allowed three goals on just nine shots through the first two periods. Ilya Bryzgalov was called upon to make the final nine saves.
Bryzgalov is 2-2-0 with a 2.44 goals against average in four games against the Blues. He won both of his starts against them last year, allowing just one goal over the two games.
Phoenix netted nine goals in its four games with St. Louis last year, but swept the series by allowing just four. The Coyotes have also won nine of their last 10 versus the Blues and six straight in St. Louis, where they haven't lost since February 16, 2004.
The Blues will try to rebound tonight after blowing a two-goal lead in Friday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Calgary Flames. Patrik Berglund and Brad Boyes had a goal and an assist and David Backes also scored in staking St. Louis to an early lead it could not hold.
Chris Mason made 26 stops, but was beaten by Michael Cammalleri's wrister from the right circle 2:21 into overtime.
With the Blues playing on consecutive nights, Manny Legace should return to goal. However, Legace lost all four games against the Coyotes last year despite a 2.31 GAA, falling to 6-7-1 with two ties and a 2.30 GAA lifetime against them.
St. Louis has lost five of its last six at home, where it is 5-5-2 this season. It will wrap a three-game homestand versus Nashville on Monday.
12/06 10:46:57 ET