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Wednesday, February 11th (All times eastern)

Phoenix Coyotes (18-19-14-3) at Mighty Ducks of Anaheim(17-23-8-7), 10:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - A pair of teams return from the All-Star break this evening, when the Phoenix Coyotes visit the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim at the Pond.

Both of these teams are currently out of the playoff race. The Coyotes have 53 points and are seven behind Nashville and St. Louis for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Anaheim, last year's Western Conference champ, has just 49 points, so far, in its disappointing season.

The Ducks did pick up a win last Wednesday in their last contest. Vitaly Vishnevski scored midway through the second period to tie the game and Samuel Pahlsson delivered the game-winner late in the third to lift Anaheim to the 3-2 win.

Martin Gerber made 22 saves and Vaclav Prospal also scored for the Mighty Ducks, who snapped a two-game losing streak and earned their fourth straight win in the series.

Sergei Fedorov notched an assist and is three points shy of becoming the first Russian-born player to reach 1,000 points in the NHL.

The Coyotes, meanwhile, were blanked by the San Jose Sharks last Thursday. Evgeni Nabokov posted 20 saves and recorded his second consecutive shutout to lead San Jose to a 5-0 victory at the Shark Tank.

Brian Boucher started in goal for Phoenix, which is now winless in its last six contests (0-4-1-1). The netminder allowed five goals on 35 shots in the losing effort.

However, Boucher is now the clear-cut No. 1 for the Coyotes, as the team traded veteran goaltender Sean Burke to Philadelphia over the break. Phoenix sent Burke along with right wing Branko Radivojevic and the rights to left wing Ben Eager to Philadelphia in exchange for center Mike Comrie.

The Coyotes are 2-1 against the Ducks this season, but are just 1-3-1 in their last five trips to Anaheim. These teams have played tight lately, going 4-4-1 in the last nine matchups.

02/11 10:45:29 ET

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