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Tuesday, October 11th (All times eastern)

Phoenix Coyotes (1-2-0) at Dallas Stars (1-1-0), 8:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Phoenix Coyotes try to make it two straight wins this evening when they face off with the Dallas Stars at the AmericanAirlines Center.

The Coyotes gave new head coach Wayne Gretzky his first NHL win on Saturday, as Shane Doan tallied the go-ahead goal with 4:42 remaining in the third period to lift Phoenix past Minnesota, 2-1, at Glendale Arena.

Ladislav Nagy scored on a penalty shot while shorthanded and Curtis Joseph made 23 saves for the Coyotes, who began the year with back-to-back one-goal road losses at Vancouver and Los Angeles.

Joseph, though, suffered a mild groin strain in the win and missed practice on Saturday. He did skate with the team on Monday and could be available this evening.

Also injured was Mike Ricci, who took a deflected slap shot in the face. He is expected to return later this week.

The Coyotes will return home for a pair of games after tonight's contest.

Dallas, meanwhile, comes into tonight's tilt on a losing note after dropping a 3-2 decision to the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday at the AAC.

Brenden Morrow and Jere Lehtinen scored for Dallas, which fell to 1-1-0. Marty Turco stopped 28 shots in the loss as the Stars failed to score with the man advantage on five tries.

One player who is happy to see the Coyotes on the schedule is center Mike Modano, who has scored more points against the Phoenix organization than any other NHL club. Including the franchises' days at the Minnesota North Stars and the Winnipeg Jets, Modano has posted 29 goals and 47 assists for 76 points. The 76 points ranks tied for second among active NHL players against the Coyotes.

On the injury front defenseman Jon Klemm (back spasms) and left wing Mathias Tjarnqvist (ankle) are listed as day-to-day and are questionable for tonight's affair.

The Stars will start a three-game road trip in Calgary following tonight's contest.

Phoenix was 3-2-1 during the 2003-04 campaign versus the Stars and has won three of the last four meetings. The Coyotes, though, are just 1-3-2 in their last six and 2-4-3 in their last nine in the Lone Star State.

10/11 10:30:14 ET

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