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Monday, December 11th (All times eastern)

Phoenix Coyotes (11-16-1) at San Jose Sharks (21-9-0), 10 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The San Jose Sharks finish up a three-game homestand tonight when they welcome the Phoenix Coyotes to HP Pavilion.

San Jose is 1-1 on the set so far, including Saturday's 3-1 win over Nashville. Jonathan Cheechoo had a three-point night, scoring two goals and picking up an assist, and Evgeni Nabokov made 20 saves to anchor the key conference victory.

Curtis Brown also scored, while Joe Thornton finished with three assists for the Sharks, who halted a brief two-game skid and won for the sixth time in their last eight games overall.

Thornton has one goal and four assists in the last two contests after a four- game point-less drought.

Cheechoo has three goals in his last two games after going five straight without finding the net.

San Jose will visit Los Angeles on Tuesday to begin a home-and-home.

Phoenix, meanwhile, has lost two of its last three games. On Saturday the Coyotes dropped a 4-3 overtime loss to visiting Dallas, as Jere Lehtinen's quirky goal with 4.6 seconds left in OT lifted the Stars.

Ed Jovanovski, Owen Nolan and Michael Zigomanis all scored for the Coyotes, while Mikael Tellqvist finished with 40 saves. The winning goal was scored when Lehtinen's shot off a rebound bounced off the Tellqvist's shoulder and into the net.

The Coyotes enter this game a horrible 3-10-0 on the road.

Phoenix will visit Vancouver on Tuesday.

San Jose edged Phoenix, 2-1, on November 11 in Glendale after the Coyotes won six of the eight meetings last season. The Coyotes won in all four trips to HP Pavilion in 2005-06.

12/11 10:16:50 ET


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