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Friday, February 13th (All times eastern)

New York Islanders (26-21-7-2) at Phoenix Coyotes (18-20-14-3), 9 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Phoenix Coyotes try to put an end to their seven-game winless streak tonight when they welcome the New York Islanders to Glendale Arena.

The Coyotes continued their recent struggles on Wednesday evening, as they were handed a 5-3 setback in Anaheim. Vaclav Prospal scored a goal and added three assists to tie a career high with four points for the Ducks.

Cale Hulse notched a goal and an assist for the Coyotes, who suffered their third straight loss and dropped to 0-5-1-1 in the last seven.

Jeff Taffe and Brian Savage each scored, while Brian Boucher stopped 23-of-28 shots. In his last five games, Boucher is 0-4-1 with a 4.16 goals against average.

Mike Comrie was playing in his first game for the Coyotes and posted a pair of assists. The Coyotes acquired the 23-year-old centerman earlier in the week in the deal that sent veteran goaltender Sean Burke to Philadelphia.

The Coyotes have struggled at their new home and are just 2-7-2-1 since opening Glendale Arena on December 27. They are winless in their last five contests at the new building (0-3-1-1).

New York, meanwhile, skated to a disappointing tie with the Dallas Stars on Wednesday evening at AmericanAirlines Center. Bill Guerin scored with 6.2 seconds left in the third period to lift the Stars to the 4-4 deadlock.

Oleg Kvasha notched a goal and three assists for the Islanders, who have skated to ties in their first two games after the All-Star break and are winless in three straight (0-1-2). Trent Hunter and Mariusz Czerkawski each posted a goal and two assists, while Arron Asham also scored for New York.

Garth Snow turned aside 31 shots for New York.

The Islanders have 61 points and are holding down the eighth and final spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race. Phoenix is currently seven points out of a playoff berth in the West.

The Coyotes have dominated the series with the Isles recently, going unbeaten in the last nine meetings (6-0-3). New York has never won in Phoenix, going 0-4-2 since the franchise moved to Arizona after the 1995-96 season. The Coyotes' last home loss to the Islanders came on March 9, 1996 when they were still the Winnipeg Jets.

02/13 10:20:05 ET


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