NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Sunday, November 30th (All times eastern)
Phoenix Coyotes (7-9-5-1) at Boston Bruins (11-4-3-4), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Boston Bruins try to put the brakes on a three-game losing streak tonight when they invite the Phoenix Coyotes to the FleetCenter.
Boston has fallen to Philadelphia, St. Louis (OT) and Nashville during the skid, and now finds itself tied with Toronto for first in the Northeast Division at 29 points. A little over a week ago the Bruins were facing the Flyers in a tilt with first in the Eastern Conference on the line, and they now trail Philly by five points.
On Friday, Boston failed to solve Nashville goaltender Tomas Vokoun after the first period and was on the wrong end of a 2-1 match at the FleetCenter. David Legwand and Greg Johnson each scored in the first period for the Predators and Vokoun made the lead stand up with 32 saves.
Joe Thornton tallied in the first and Andrew Raycroft made 27 stops for the Bruins, who have lost three consecutive games for the first time this season. It also marked Boston's second regulation loss at home (4-2-2-1) this year and its first regulation defeat versus a Western Conference club (8-1-1-1).
While he does have 19 assists in 22 games, Thornton's goal was just his fifth of the season. He enters the day tied for 10th in the league in scoring with 24 points.
Boston, 4-2-2-1 at home, will visit Atlanta on Wednesday.
Phoenix, meanwhile, kicks off a five-game road trip tonight and hopes to find some success against Eastern Conference foes. The Coyotes are 1-4 against the East this season.
On Thursday, Phoenix invited Los Angeles to America West Arena for a Thanksgiving Day contest and ended a three-game losing streak with a 6-4 triumph. Ladislav Nagy, who is off to a sizzling start, posted his first career hat trick to pave the way.
Shane Doan added a goal and two assists for the Coyotes, who recorded three unanswered makers after falling behind 3-2 and led from then on.
Nagy is tied for fifth in the NHL with 13 goals, leaving him just 10 shy of his career high.
The Coyotes, 2-5-4-1 on the road, will resume their trek Tuesday in New Jersey.
Phoenix defeated Boston, 2-1, in Arizona last March, and the home team is 8-0-1 in the last nine meetings.
11/30 10:10:00 ET