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Saturday, March 11th (All times eastern)

Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (29-20-12) at Phoenix Coyotes (29-30-4), 9 p.m.

(Sports Network) - A pair of teams with plenty of new faces get together tonight, as the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim visit the Phoenix Coyotes at Glendale Arena.

The Ducks were among the most active teams at the NHL's trade deadline. The biggest deal saw them bring veteran forward Jeff Friesen back to the fold. Anaheim sent a second-round pick to Washington for Friesen, who has struggled with just three goals and four assists in 33 games this season.

Anaheim also acquired veteran defenseman Sean O'Donnell from Phoenix in exchange for young center Joel Perrault and dealt Keith Carney and Juha Alen to Vancouver for blueline prospect Brett Skinner and a second-round draft pick.

In addition to the O'Donnell deal the Coyotes also gained veteran forward Oleg Kvasha from the New York Islanders for a third-round pick in the 2006 Entry Draft and defenseman Jamie Rivers from the Detroit Red Wings for a seventh- round draft pick in 2007.

The Ducks have won four of their last six games and are coming off an overtime win over the San Jose Sharks. Sandis Ozolinsh, who was traded to the New York Rangers on Thursday, scored 58 seconds into the extra session to lead Anaheim to a 5-4 win.

Phoenix, meanwhile, has lost two of its last three contests. The latest setback came in Columbus on Thursday. Rick Nash scored a goal and added an assist to lead the Blue Jackets to a 5-4 win.

Mike Comrie and Dave Scatchard scored late in the third period, but it wasn't enough. Curtis Joseph allowed five goals on 30 shots faced.

Tonight's game is the opener of a home-and-home series between the Coyotes and Ducks. The return trip to Anaheim is scheduled for Sunday evening.

Anaheim is 4-1 against Phoenix this season.

03/11 10:22:40 ET


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