NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Friday, January 9th (All times eastern)
Phoenix Coyotes (15-12-11-2) at Minnesota Wild (15-16-11-0), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - Phoenix goaltender Brian Boucher tries to make National Hockey League history tonight when the Coyotes travel to Minnesota to battle the Wild at the Xcel Energy Center.
On Wednesday night in Washington, Boucher posted his fourth straight shutout in a 3-0 win over the Capitals to tie the modern-day league mark set by Bill Durnan of the Montreal Canadiens in 1949.
The next plateau in Boucher's sights is Durnan's record scoreless streak of 309 minutes, 21 seconds. He has not allowed a goal in 265:45.
Boucher, who would become the first netminder to post five straight shutouts since the league introduced the center red line in 1944, is trying to keep everything in perspective.
"I think it's funny. Two months ago, I wasn't even practicing with the team and I went 85 games without a shutout and now I've got four in a row," Boucher said. "I'm just trying to enjoy it. The attention is nice but the fact that we're winning games is really nice too."
Boucher made 27 saves on Wednesday in Washington. He stopped six shots in the first, nine in the second and 12 in the third for his 11th career blanking. He is 5-0-3 in his last eight appearances
Shane Doan scored a goal and assisted on another for the Coyotes, who have won four straight games. Daymond Langkow and Ladislav Nagy netted the other goals for Phoenix.
Tonight's contest ends a four-game road trip for the Coyotes, who are unbeaten in their last eight away contests (4-0-4).
Eric Chouinard scored two goals to lead Minnesota over Chicago, 7-4, at the Xcel Energy Center on Wednesday. The Wild won for the first time in eight games (1-2-5) since beating Columbus on December 20.
The Wild trailed 4-2, but closed out the game with five unanswered goals for the victory. At 13:18 of the second period, Nick Schultz started the comeback with his second goal of the season via a wrist from behind the right circle.
Minnesota, 8-9-4 at home this season, is playing the second test of a five- game stand.
The Wild have won two of three and three of the last five meetings, including a 5-2 victory in Phoenix on December 14. However, the Coyotes are 7-4-2 all- time in St. Paul.
01/09 10:12:40 ET