NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Monday, December 29th (All times eastern)
New York Rangers (13-13-5-3) at Phoenix Coyotes (11-12-11-1), 9 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Phoenix Coyotes try for their first win at the new Glendale Arena tonight, as they welcome the New York Rangers into town.
The Coyotes didn't get the results they would have liked in the opening of their brand-new home Saturday night, as they fell 3-1 to the Nashville Predators.
The $200-plus million arena is expected to get the Coyotes in the black after the squad lost a lot of money in America West Arena over the last few years. Nearly a quarter of the 16,200 hockey seats at America West Arena had an obstructed view of the ice.
Brian Savage scored Phoenix's lone goal, as the Coyotes fell to 2-2-5-0 in their last nine games. Goaltender Sean Burke made 18 saves in the loss.
Scott Walker posted a goal and two assists for Nashville and notched the first-ever score in the new building.
Tonight's contest is the second of a three-game homestand to open Glendale.
The Rangers managed to tally a point, but lost 6-5 in overtime to the Toronto Maple Leafs at MSG on Friday night.
Chris Simon and Matthew Barnaby each had a goal and an assist for the Rangers, who had lost three of their last five games. Mike Dunham started the contest and allowed five goals on just 13 shots before being pulled after two periods.
Jussi Markkanen came in to replace Dunham to start the third but, after shutting out the Leafs in that stanza, could not stop Mats Sundin's shot in the extra session.
Eric Lindros finished with a pair of assists for the Rangers, who are 5-8-3 on the road this season.
Phoenix is 3-1-1 in the last five meetings and is unbeaten in its previous five home contests (3-0-2) with New York.
12/29 10:38:39 ET