NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Tuesday, March 16th (All times eastern)
Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (25-30-9-8) at Phoenix Coyotes (20-31-16-5), 9 p.m.
(Sports Network) - Two teams simply playing out the string go head-to-head tonight in Phoenix, when the Coyotes tangle with the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim at Glendale Arena.
Phoenix has lost four straight and is winless (0-8-2-2) in its last 12 games. The Coyotes sit on the brink of being eliminated from playoff contention with just 61 points on the year.
The Coyotes is coming off a home-and-home sweep at the hands of the Colorado Avalanche. On Sunday, Phoenix dropped a 4-1 decision to the Avalanche at the Pepsi Center.
Mike Comrie scored for the Coyotes, who suffered their eighth straight road loss. Phoenix hasn't won since February 20 against Columbus. Comrie netted a goal for the fourth straight game, and has six tallies since being acquired from Philadelphia last month in the Sean Burke trade.
Brian Boucher stopped 21 shots for Phoenix, which is winless in seven straight trips to Denver (0-6-1).
Phoenix fell to 0-7-1-2 under interim head coach Rick Bowness.
The Coyotes have not been good at home, going just 2-9-3-2 in their last 16 contests on friendly ice. For the season, Phoenix is just 10-17-6-3 in its own rink.
Anaheim has struggled mightily lately as well, dropping four consecutive contests. The Mighty Ducks are all but eliminated from the playoff race -- 12 points back of eighth place Los Angeles.
The Mighty Ducks' recent woes continued with a 5-1 loss to the Los Angeles Kings at the Staples Center on Sunday. Sergei Fedorov scored for the Mighty Ducks, who have just one victory on their last 11 games in Los Angeles (1-8-2). Jean-Sebastien Giguere turned away 25-of-29 shots.
The Ducks, who fell to 1-4-1 in their last six on the road, have scored just five goals in their current losing stretch. Lance Ward had an assist for Anaheim, which fell to 8-21-3-4 on the road this season.
The Ducks have allowed a power-play goal in five straight contests.
Anaheim is 2-0-1 in the last three meetings between these teams, including a 1-1 tie in Phoenix on February 23. The Mighty Ducks are 8-5-2 in their last 15 and 9-6-2 in the last 17 meetings with Phoenix. Anaheim is winless (0-3-1) in its last four trips to Valley of the Sun.
03/16 10:38:37 ET