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Sunday, November 29th (All times eastern)

Phoenix Coyotes (14-11-1) at Anaheim Ducks (10-11-3), 8 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Anaheim Ducks will try to extend their longest winning streak of the season to four games when they welcome the rival Phoenix Coyotes for tonight's Pacific Division battle at Honda Center.

The Ducks have won three straight for the first time since recording a four- game win streak from March 29-April 4 of last season.

The winning stretch has helped give the Ducks a 4-1-0 record so far on a seven-game homestand. Anaheim, which is 8-7-0 as the host this year, will complete the residency Tuesday night against Los Angeles.

Anaheim recorded an impressive win Friday afternoon, as it cooled off the red- hot Chicago Blackhawks with a 3-0 shutout. Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 28 stops for his first shutout of the season and the Ducks snapped Chicago's winning streak at eight games.

"You could tell the guys were really focused today," said Giguere. "We knew that we had to play a good game to be able to have success against them. It was one of our better games."

Giguere, who has 32 career shutouts, has won his last three starts after beginning the season with an 0-3-2 mark. The veteran backstop had appeared to lose his grip on the club's starting job, but has gotten the nod over Jonas Hiller in three straight outings. It's unclear if Giguere will be called on to start a fourth consecutive game tonight.

Teemu Selanne had two goals while Nick Boynton notched the other marker for the Ducks. Corey Perry picked up an assist to extend his point streak to 17 games, which ties Selanne's franchise record set during the 1998-99 season.

Ducks winger Joffrey Lupul missed his fourth straight game with back spasms and is questionable for tonight's test. Lupul has six goals and four assists in 20 games this season. In other injury news, Boynton (flu-like symptoms) is probable for tonight, while forward Kyle Calder (left cheekbone) is questionable.

The Coyotes will try to post back-to-back wins for the first time in nearly a month when they take the ice tonight.

Phoenix ended a two-game slide with Friday's victory over visiting Dallas, but the Coyotes haven't notched consecutive wins since ending October on a three- game winning streak. Dave Tippett's club is just 5-7-1 in November after going 9-4-0 in the opening month of the season.

Lauri Korpikoski scored twice to lead the Coyotes to a 5-2 victory over the Stars.

Zbynek Michalek, Robert Lang and Adrian Aucoin each had a goal for the Coyotes, who had dropped three of four coming into the game. Ilya Bryzgalov made 30 stops while Scottie Upshall and Matthew Lombardi each had three assists.

"It's a whole team breakthrough to score five goals," noted Tippett. "Compared to where we've been the last few games, it's good to see guys get a couple."

However, the Coyotes lost top defenseman Ed Jovanovski to injury just two days after he returned from an eight-game absence due to a lower-body issue. Jovanovski sat out for two and a half weeks before skating in Wednesday's loss to Calgary, but left in the second period on Friday and did not return. The veteran blueliner is questionable for this evening's contest as are forwards Peter Mueller (upper body) and Vernon Fiddler (undisclosed).

The Coyotes are just 6-6-1 as the visiting team this year and have dropped three straight and five of their last six on the road. Following tonight, Phoenix will return to the desert for a three-game homestand, which is set to begin Thursday against Calgary.

Phoenix and the Ducks have met twice this season with each club winning a game on home ice. Anaheim has taken five of seven overall in the series, while the Coyotes have dropped three in a row and four of five in Orange County.

11/29 10:36:42 ET


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