NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Saturday, February 6th (All times eastern)
Phoenix Coyotes (35-18-5) at Dallas Stars (25-21-11), 6 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The streaking Phoenix Coyotes will take aim at a seventh consecutive victory when they visit the Dallas Stars for today's Pacific Division battle at American Airlines Center.
The Coyotes earned a sixth straight win Friday in Chicago, edging the Blackhawks 2-1 in a shootout. It was the second win in a row in the shootout phase for Phoenix, which also downed Nashville 1-0 on Tuesday.
Phoenix is in the midst of its longest winning streak since a seven-game stretch from December 28, 2006-January 9, 2007. The Coyotes' recent surge has vaulted them into fourth place in the Western Conference with 75 points.
Adrian Aucoin netted the decisive goal in Friday's win at Chicago. With the shootout tied heading to the third round, Aucoin fired a shot that deflected in off the right shoulder of Chicago goaltender Cristobal Huet. The Coyotes prevailed when Jason LaBarbera poke-checked the puck off the stick of Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa.
Radim Vrbata scored a power-play goal, and LaBarbera turned aside 28 shots for the Coyotes.
"We did a lot of good things tonight," said Phoenix head coach Dave Tippett. "I thought we made some mistakes to give them some chances, but LaBarbera was really strong in goal for us. It was a very competitive game again; we competed hard, and we found away to hang around the game, and we found a way to get two points."
Today's game marks the final stop on a four-game road trip for the Coyotes. Phoenix is 14-10-3 as the visiting club this season.
Phoenix has won all three meetings with the Stars this year and has taken six straight and seven of eight overall in the series. The Coyotes posted a 4-2 win in Dallas on January 31 and have five victories in their last six trips to Big D.
The Stars have dropped two of three coming into tonight and were dealt a close regulation loss Thursday in Columbus. R.J. Umberger registered a goal and an assist to lead the Blue Jackets to a 2-1 victory in their first game since firing head coach Ken Hitchcock.
Brad Richards scored for Dallas, while Marty Turco made 24 saves in defeat. The Stars were without center Mike Modano, who missed the game with an upper- body injury and is questionable for today's contest.
Dallas comes into tonight with 61 points and is tied for 10th in the Western Conference. The Stars, who are 17-6-5 as the host this year, are also playing their final home game before the Olympic break. Dallas will kick off a three- game road trip Tuesday in Chicago.
02/06 10:48:36 ET