NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Sunday, March 7th (All times eastern)
Minnesota Wild (21-26-18-2) at Phoenix Coyotes (20-27-15-5), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - A pair of teams caught in terrible slumps meet tonight, as the Minnesota Wild travel to Phoenix to battle the Coyotes at Glendale Arena.
The Coyotes continued their downward spiral Friday night, as they were handed a 4-3 loss by the Montreal Canadiens. Saku Koivu and Richard Zednik each scored a goal and assisted on another to lead the Habs at Glendale Arena.
Daymond Langkow scored a goal and added an assist for the Coyotes, who fell to 0-3-0-2 in head coach Rick Bowness' first five games at the helm of the team. Phoenix's winless streak stretches even further, as it hasn't tasted victory in its last seven games (0-4-1-2).
Phoenix is just 2-12-2-3 in its last 19 games and is only trailed in the Western Conference standings by Columbus and Chicago.
Mike Comrie and Chris Gratton notched Phoenix's other two tallies, while Brian Boucher faced 25 shots and turned aside 21 in the loss.
The Coyotes open a home-and-home in Los Angeles on Sunday night.
Minnesota, meanwhile, skated to a 1-1 tie in Los Angeles on Thursday. Jason Wiemer scored with 2:17 remaining in the third period to help the Wild salvage the point.
Dwayne Roloson turned aside all but one of the 26 shots he faced for the Wild, who are now winless in their last six overall (0-4-2). Minnesota has just one victory in its last 18 road games (1-7-9-1).
Minnesota is unbeaten (2-0-2) in its last four in LA, however the Kings are unbeaten (1-0-3) against the Wild this season.
The Wild have 62 points and are currently 11 behind Los Angeles for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Minnesota plays the fourth test of a five-game road trip in San Jose on Tuesday.
The Coyotes have won two of the three last meetings with Minnesota.
03/07 10:45:55 ET