NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Thursday, October 20th (All times eastern)
Phoenix Coyotes (3-4-1) at Vancouver Canucks (5-1-1), 10 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Vancouver Canucks target their fourth consecutive win this evening when they continue their four-game homestand against the Phoenix Coyotes at GM Place.
The Canucks latest win came on Tuesday, as Mattias Ohlund scored twice and Brendan Morrison registered a goal and two assists, as Vancouver defeated the Chicago Blackhawks, 6-2. Daniel Sedin, Sami Salo and Markus Naslund also scored for the Canucks, who used three power-play goals to improve to 5-1-1 on the year.
Todd Bertuzzi, who plays on the Canucks' top line along with Naslund and Morrison, notched three assists in the victory. The trio, which was publicly challenged earlier in the day by Vancouver coach Marc Crawford, combined for seven points.
Goaltender Dan Cloutier allowed two goals on 26 shots in the victory.
Vancouver, which will close its homestand on Saturday against Colorado, is 3-0-0 at home on the season.
Phoenix, meanwhile, is riding its first winning streak under new head coach Wayne Gretzky following a 4-3 overtime victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday at Rexall Place.
Derek Morris scored on the power play a minute into overtime to give the Coyotes the win. As the Oilers defense backed off the left point, Morris was able to set up and inch closer to the circle to fire a wrist shot that hit off goalie Jussi Markkanen and into the net.
Oleg Saprykin scored twice for Phoenix and Curtis Joseph made 27 saves for his 399th career victory, as the Coyotes posted their second straight win.
With a win tonight, Joseph will become the ninth goaltender in NHL history to reach 400 wins. The 38-year-old netminder ranks third among active goaltenders in wins behind only Ed Belfour (437) and Martin Brodeur (405).
Phoenix, which is in the midst of a four-game road trip, is 2-3-0 away from home this season.
Vancouver defeated the Coyotes earlier in the season and could have the advantage tonight, as the home team in this series is 10-3-3 in the last 16 matchups. The Canucks are also 8-0-2 in their last 10 versus Phoenix, which is also winless in its last eight in Vancouver (0-7-1).
10/20 10:40:40 ET