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Wednesday, December 23rd (All times eastern)

Anaheim Ducks (15-14-7) at Phoenix Coyotes (22-13-2), 9 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Phoenix Coyotes will try to record their eighth straight win at home this evening as they take on the Anaheim Ducks at Jobing.com Arena.

The Coyotes play the second contest of a three-game homestand tonight, a residency that began with Monday's 5-2 triumph over the Blue Jackets. Scottie Upshall had a pair of goals and dished out two assists for his first career four-point game.

Linemates Shane Doan and Matthew Lombardi added a goal and two assists each for the Coyotes, who are on their longest home winning streak since winning eight straight from February 12-March 24, 2002.

Radim Vrbata also scored and Ilya Bryzgalov made 25 saves in helping Phoenix win for the third time in the last four contests overall and improve to 13-5-0 at home this season.

"I thought we managed the puck really well tonight," Coyotes head coach Dave Tippett said. "We did some things once we got the lead to not give them any life. It was a good all-around game."

Phoenix's lone loss in its last four games came in Anaheim on Saturday. Doan had one of the Coyotes' goals in a 4-2 setback, the Coyotes' sixth in their last nine versus the Ducks.

Vernon Fiddler suffered a lower-body injury in that contest and missed Monday's game. He is day-to-day.

Ryan Getzlaf and Bobby Ryan both scored power-play goals in Saturday's win for Anaheim, and both skaters factored into last night's 4-2 victory over Colorado.

The Ducks trailed 2-0 heading into the third period, but went ahead by a goal on Getzlaf's tally with 25.9 seconds left in regulation. Todd Marchant accounted for the final score with an empty-net tally.

Getzlaf has now scored in four straight games, while Ryan had an assist to give him three goals and six helpers over a seven-game point streak.

Anaheim got all four of its goals over the game's final 7:34, with Scott Niedermayer and Dan Sexton notching the first two tallies. Jonas Hiller stopped 15 shots in the win, the Ducks' fourth in their last five games.

"I thought we were all over them the whole game," said Sexton, whose team is 5-1-3 over its last nine games. "The first goal was huge and it pumped us up. We've had some good comeback wins lately."

12/23 10:46:59 ET


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