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Tuesday, October 28th (All times eastern)

Chicago Blackhawks (3-4-2-0) at Phoenix Coyotes (3-3-2-0), 9 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Phoenix Coyotes try and halt a five-game winless streak tonight when they host the Chicago Blackhawks at America West Arena.

After starting the season with a team-record three straight wins the Coyotes have stumbled of late going 0-3-2 since, including a 3-3 deadlock with the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday.

Krystofer Kolanos scored the tying goal with 1:14 left in the third period, lifting Phoenix to the draw. Shane Doan also added a goal and an assist for the Coyotes, who have allowed 22 goals during their slide.

Doan, the Phoenix captain, has three goals and four assists during a four-game points streak and leads the team with 10 points.

Ladislav Nagy posted two assists and Radislav Suchy scored a goal for Phoenix, which was coming off a 4-4 tie at San Jose on Saturday night. Sean Burke made 28 saves and has allowed 13 goals over his last three starts.

The Coyotes dumped the puck into the Vancouver zone desperately trying for the tying goal in the final two minutes. Kolanos worked the puck behind the net and fired it toward the left corner for Branko Radivojevic, who banged it back off the boards. Kolanos swept in and beat Dan Cloutier on a wraparound for his first goal of the season.

Chicago, meanwhile, remained unbeaten in its last four following a 1-1 tie with the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim on Sunday. Kyle Calder scored for the Blackhawks, while Michael Leighton turned aside 31 shots.

Jocelyn Thibault, coming off a 44-save performance against the LA Kings on Saturday, is expected to be back in net tonight for Chicago. He is 12-7-3 with a 1.99 goals-against average and three shutouts in 22 career games against the Coyotes, including a 4-0 shutout back on March 14.

The Blackhawks, who are 2-0-2 in their last four, continue to play without Eric Daze, who is nursing a sore back. The team, though, is expected to get a status update on Tuesday on the mammoth left wing.

Chicago, which will making its last appearance at America West Arena, was 2-1-1 last season versus the Coyotes, who will be moving into Glendale Arena on December 27.

The road team in this series is 5-1-1 in the last seven matchups, but Chicago has lost seven of its last 13 in the desert.

10/28 10:08:41 ET

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