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Sunday, October 23rd (All times eastern)

Phoenix Coyotes (3-5-1) at Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (2-4-1), 4 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim try to halt a three-game slide today when they welcome the Phoenix Coyotes to the Pond.

Anaheim is coming off an 0-3 road trip that included losses to Minnesota, St. Louis and Detroit. On Friday the Ducks dropped a 3-2 decision in Motown, as Mikael Samuelsson scored a power-play goal early in the third period to lift the Red Wings.

Teemu Selanne and Ryan Getzlaf tallied goals and Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 36 shots for Anaheim, which lost its third straight contest. Selanne, who returned to the Ducks this past offseason, is tied for the team lead at four goals with Joffrey Lupul.

Bryzgaklov started in place of Jean-Sebastien Giguere, who is sidelined with a groin injury. Giguere is questionable for today's tilt. Center Sergei Fedorov, meanwhile, also has a groin ailment, and it is unknown how long he'll be out.

The Ducks will visit their neighbors in Los Angeles on Tuesday.

Phoenix, meanwhile, had its first winning streak of the season halted with a 3-2 loss to Vancouver on Thursday. Matt Cooke's controversial goal in the third period lifted the Canucks. Cooke tallied the winner even though it appeared as if the net might have been dislodged. The play was reviewed and the goal stood.

Keith Ballard and Geoff Sanderson scored for the Coyotes, who saw their two- game win streak halted. Goaltender Curtis Joseph allowed three goals on 38 shots in the losing effort.

Phoenix will open a three-game homestand against St. Louis on Tuesday.

Anaheim went 3-2-1 against Phoenix in 2003-04, and the home club is 7-2-2 in the last 11 meetings.

10/23 10:43:32 ET


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