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Wednesday, March 7th (All times eastern)

Phoenix Coyotes (27-35-3) at Anaheim Ducks (39-17-11), 10 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Anaheim Ducks will attempt to continue a long streak of home success against the Phoenix Coyotes when the two Pacific Division members clash this evening at the Honda Center.

The Coyotes have lost in each of their last nine visits to Anaheim, including three previous trips this season. Phoenix last won as the visitor in this series on October 12, 2003.

The Ducks have also taken five of the six overall encounters between the clubs in 2006-07 and are 12-1-1 against the Coyotes since the start of the 2005-06 campaign.

Anaheim hopes to pad its seven-point advantage over second-place San Jose in the Pacific standings and will shoot for its fifth victory in six contests tonight. The Ducks are coming off a hard-fought home win over Nashville on Sunday, with Teemu Selanne recording the deciding goal during the shootout in Anaheim's 3-2 decision.

Selanne also scored in regulation for the Ducks, who outshot the Predators by a whopping 35-14 margin on the evening. Dustin Penner sent the contest into overtime when he beat Nashville's Tomas Vokoun early in the third period.

Anaheim has won the first two tests of a season-long eight-game homestand and own a 21-5-7 record at the Honda Center for the year.

Phoenix is languishing near the bottom of the Western Conference standings and suffered its ninth defeat in its 11 last games with Saturday's 4-3 setback to Columbus at Jobing.com Arena.

Keith Ballard picked up a goal and an assist for the Coyotes, while Shane Doan and Jeff Taffe also lit the lamp in the loss. Curtis Joseph finished with 23 saves between the pipes, but the veteran netminder allowed two third-period goals which put the Blue Jackets ahead to stay.

Phoenix played Saturday's contest without right wing Owen Nolan, who is expected to miss tonight's tilt as well because of a lingering shoulder injury.

Doan now has seven points (3 goals, 4 assists) during a current five-game scoring streak. Selanne is also on a five-game tear for Anaheim, with the All- Star sniper having posted three goals and three helpers over that stretch.

03/07 10:31:33 ET


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