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Sunday, November 23rd (All times eastern)

Phoenix Coyotes (6-7-5-1) at Atlanta Thrashers (10-7-3-1), 1 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Atlanta Thrashers take aim at their fourth straight victory this afternoon, when they begin a four-game homestand against the Phoenix Coyotes at Philips Arena.

Atlanta is coming off a dominating 6-3 win over the Florida Panthers on Friday night. Shawn McEachern scored twice to lead Atlanta to the win. McEachern has 16 goals in 37 career games against Florida.

Ilya Kovalchuk contributed a goal and two assists, while J.P. Vigier chipped in a goal and assist for the Thrashers, who delivered four special-teams goals in the contest.

Andy Sutton and Ronald Petrovicky also lit the lamp in the win.

Frantisek Kaberle registered three assists and Pasi Nurminen pushed aside 21 shots for Atlanta, which posted a franchise record with two shorthanded goals in the second period.

Serge Aubin and Randy Robitaille each notched an assist for the Thrashers, who improved to 5-5-1-1 on the road.

The Thrashers recalled Derek MacKenzie from the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League on Friday. MacKenzie, 22, had posted 12 points (four goals, eight assists) and eight penalty minutes in 16 games with the Wolves.

Phoenix enters off a disappointing 5-0 defeat to the San Jose Sharks on Friday night. The Coyotes were shut out for the first time this season and failed to earn a point for the first time in their last seven games (3-1-2-1).

Phoenix also had a three-game home winning streak stopped.

Sean Burke started in net for the Coyotes, but was lifted after yielding four goals on 21 shots through just under 26 minutes of action.

Phoenix went without a goal in five chances with the extra skater.

The Coyotes could have trouble this afternoon, as they are 0-3-4-1 in their last eight road tilts. For the season, Phoenix is 2-3-4-1 on foreign ice.

The Coyotes have never lost in seven meetings with the Thrashers, outscoring them 27-11. Last season, Phoenix outscored the Thrashers, 9-3, in a pair of meetings.

11/23 10:58:31 ET


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