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Saturday, February 14th (All times eastern)

Dallas Stars (27-20-10-0) at Phoenix Coyotes (18-21-14-3), 9 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Phoenix Coyotes go for their first win in three weeks tonight when they host the Dallas Stars at Glendale Arena.

On Friday, the Coyotes were handed a 5-2 loss by the New York Islanders. It was Phoenix's fourth straight setback and kept the team winless in its last eight games (0-6-1-1). The Coyotes haven't won since a 5-2 victory over Detroit on January 24.

Trent Hunter's second goal of the night capped a string of five unanswered goals for the Islanders.

Jan Hrdina and Mike Sillinger lit the lamp for the Coyotes, while Brian Boucher struggled in net, allowing four goals on the 28 shots he faced.

The last time the Islanders defeated the Coyotes franchise on the road, the team was known as the Winnipeg Jets. New York won 4-2 on March 9, 1996 in Winnipeg.

The Coyotes have struggled at their new home and are just 2-8-2-1 since opening Glendale Arena on December 27. They are winless in their last six contests at the new building (0-4-1-1).

Dallas, on the other hand, has been on a hot streak recently. Bill Guerin scored with 6.2 seconds left in the third period to lift the Stars to a 4-4 tie with the Islanders at American Airlines Center on Wednesday.

Guerin finished with a goal and an assist, as did David Oliver and Pierre Turgeon. Philippe Boucher also scored for Dallas, which extended its unbeaten streak to eight games (6-0-2).

The Stars pulled goaltender Marty Turco for an extra attacker in the final minute and the strategy paid off. Guerin was creating havoc in front and appeared to kick the puck toward Snow before knocking it through the netminder's pads for his 23rd goal of the season.

Dallas is 1-0-10 in overtime this season, remaining the only team in the league without an overtime loss.

The Stars, who are 8-2-2 in their last 12 games as the visitor, open a three- game road trip tonight. Dallas has 64 points and is currently sixth in the Western Conference playoff race.

This is the final meeting of the campaign between these two teams. Thus far, the season series is tied at 2-2-1. However, the Stars are 8-4-4 in the last 16 meetings overall and 8-3-2 in their last 13 trips to Phoenix. This will be their second trip to Glendale, having already posted a victory at the new arena on January 31.

02/14 10:26:02 ET

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