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Tuesday, February 7th (All times eastern)

Chicago Blackhawks (17-29-7) at Phoenix Coyotes (27-26-3), 9 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The hapless Chicago Blackhawks will try to get back on the winning track tonight when they visit the Phoenix Coyotes at Glendale Arena.

Chicago has lost three straight and seven of its last nine games -- good enough for 41 points in the Central Division.

In their last game Saturday at Nashville, Predators goaltender Tomas Vokoun stymied the Hawks and Scott Hartnell recorded his first career hat trick in a 6-0 romp at the Gaylord Entertainment Center.

Adam Munro was between the pipes for the Blackhawks, allowing three goals on seven shots in the first period, before being replaced by Craig Anderson, who allowed three goals on 12 shots in relief.

It certainly doesn't help the Blackhawks that defenseman Adrian Aucoin and center Tuomo Ruutu are lost for the season to injury, but goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin and forward Eric Daze are expected to be back later this month.

Meanwhile, the Coyotes have won two of the first five portions during a franchise-record 10-game homestand.

In their last game Saturday against Minnesota, the Coyotes dropped a 6-4 decision to the Wild and couldn't stop Wes Walz, who scored two goals and added two assists at Glendale Arena.

Phoenix center Mike Ricci registered the 600th point of his career during the loss for Phoenix, which has dropped five of its last eight games overall.

Phoenix currently has 57 points and is one point ahead of San Jose, which resides in last place in the Pacific Division.

Tonight's game marks the 100th all-time meeting between the Coyotes and Blackhawks. The Coyotes are 39-44-15-1 in the series versus the club.

It is the first of two trips to Glendale Arena this season for Chicago after the Coyotes visited the United Center on November 6, dropping a 2-1 game in overtime.

02/07 10:34:10 ET

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