NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Thursday, December 14th (All times eastern)
Columbus Blue Jackets (11-16-2) at Phoenix Coyotes (11-18-1), 9 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Columbus Blue Jackets will try to match a franchise record with their sixth straight victory this evening, as they visit the Phoenix Coyotes at Jobing.com Arena.
The Blue Jackets won their fifth in a row Tuesday evening with a triumph in Dallas. Fredrik Norrena made 25 saves to lead Columbus to the 3-1 win at American Airlines Center.
David Vyborny, Dan Fritsche and Jason Chimera scored for the Blue Jackets, and Anson Carter notched two assists in the winning effort.
The Blue Jackets improved to 6-3-0 since Ken Hitchcock took over for fired head coach Gerard Gallant late last month. Tuesday's win over the Stars was special for Hitchcock, who coached in Dallas from 1996-2002 and won the Stanley Cup with the club in 1999.
Columbus set the franchise mark for consecutive wins from March 24-April 3 of last season.
Meanwhile, the Coyotes have dropped three straight contests, including Tuesday's setback in Vancouver. Daniel and Henrik Sedin picked up two points apiece to lead the Canucks to the 5-2 decision at General Motors Place.
Oleg Saprykin and Dave Scatchard scored for the Coyotes, who have dropped four of their last five games and are still last in the Pacific Division. Ed Jovanovski registered an assist in his return to Vancouver, where he coached from 1999 through last 2006 before signing with Phoenix in the off-season.
Mikael Tellqvist was tagged with the loss, stopping 14-of-18 shots in the first and third periods. Curtis Joseph, who replaced Tellqvist, made 12 saves in the second period.
The Blue Jackets pounded the Coyotes, 5-1, in Columbus on October 9 and have won three of the last four meetings.
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