NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Thursday, November 16th (All times eastern)
Chicago Blackhawks (6-9-1) at Phoenix Coyotes (5-12-0), 9 p.m.
(Sports Network) - Both the Chicago Blackhawks and Phoenix Coyotes aim for their longest win streaks of the season when the clubs face off tonight at Jobing.com Arena.
The Blackhawks have posted victories in each of their last two contests. After earning a 3-1 decision over St. Louis last Friday, Chicago received an outstanding performance out of goaltender Brian Boucher in Sunday's 1-0 win over Columbus at the United Center.
Lasse Kukkonen netted the game's only goal during the second period for the Blackhawks, who have won back-to-back games for only the second time this season. Chicago also recorded consecutive triumphs on October 16 and 18.
Boucher registered his 13th career shutout and first victory of the season. He came into the contest having lost seven straight decisions.
The veteran netminder had been subbing for the injured Nikolai Khabibulin, who hasn't played since breaking his finger on October 21. The veteran Russian has sat out Chicago's last eight games but is expected to be available for tonight's contest.
Phoenix hasn't won more than one game in a row this season but comes into this matchup on a high note. Oleg Saprykin scored a pair of goals, including the tie-breaking tally with 4:19 remaining, to lift the Coyotes to a 4-3 triumph over Minnesota on Tuesday.
Yanic Perreault had the other two goals for Phoenix, which had dropped four of its last five, while Georges Laraque finished with two assists.
The Coyotes will be wrapping up a five-game homestand this evening. The club has gone 2-2 on the sequence and 4-6 overall at Jobing.com Arena this season.
Chicago begins a string of five straight on the road tonight and is 2-4-1 away from the Windy City on the year.
These teams split four meetings last season, with the Coyotes taking the two most recent encounters. Five of the last eight games played between the clubs have gone into overtime.
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