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Monday, December 26th (All times eastern)

Phoenix Coyotes (18-16-2) at Colorado Avalanche (18-15-3), 9 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Phoenix Coyotes will try to win three straight for the second time this month, as they travel to the Pepsi Center to battle the Colorado Avalanche.

The Coyotes picked up wins over San Jose and Dallas just before the holiday break. They had won three in a row from December 3-11.

On Friday, Shane Doan and Dave Scatchard scored 22 seconds apart in the third period to lift the Coyotes to a 3-2 win over the Stars at the American Airlines Center.

Mike Ricci tallied a goal and an assist and Brian Boucher made 26 saves for Phoenix, whose two-game win streak followed a four-game skid.

Coyotes interim coach Rick Tocchet improved to 2-2 in Wayne Gretzky's absence. Tocchet continues to lead the Coyotes while Gretzky attends to family affairs. Gretzky's mother, Phyllis, passed away last Monday after a bout with lung cancer.

Tonight marks the middle test of a three-game road trip for the Coyotes, who are 8-9-1 away from home this season.

The Avs have dropped five of their last seven games and were dealt a setback Friday evening in Minnesota. Todd White netted the go-ahead goal with 5:12 left to play and the Wild scored three times in the third period to earn a 5-3 victory over Colorado in the finale of a home-and-home series.

Antti Laaksonen scored once and helped out on another in the loss, while Pierre Turgeon registered a pair of assists in defeat.

Colorado goaltender Peter Budaj stopped just 19 of 24 shots in the loss.

The Avs play two straight at home, including Wednesday's game against the Los Angeles Kings. Colorado is 9-5-3 at the Pepsi Center this year.

Colorado won the lone matchup of the season with the Coyotes on November 16. The Avs have won three straight meetings in the series.

Phoenix is 0-6-1 (6 losses, 1 tie) in its last seven trips to Denver.

12/26 10:34:25 ET


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