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Saturday, March 10th (All times eastern)

Chicago Blackhawks (25-33-9) at Phoenix Coyotes (27-37-3), 9 p.m.

(Sports Network) - Two teams very far outside the playoff picture tangle tonight, as the Phoenix Coyotes welcome the Chicago Blackhawks to Jobing.com Arena.

Chicago begins a five-game homestand tonight and is 11-17-5 on the road this season. The last-place club in the Central Division will also visit San Jose, Los Angeles, Anaheim and Columbus.

The Blackhawks are coming off a 3-0 win on Tuesday over the Kings. Nikolai Khabibulin made 26 saves for his 36th career shutout.

Patrick Sharp scored twice for Chicago, which has won two straight on the heels of a three-game skid. Rene Bourque also scored while Jeff Hamilton and Brent Seabrook both notched a pair of assists in the win.

Phoenix, meanwhile, has dropped four games in a row. The Coyotes allowed three first-period goals on Thursday against Vancouver and never recovered, falling 4-2 to the Canucks.

Shane Doan and Jeff Taffe scored for Phoenix while Curtis Joseph allowed four goals on 30 shots in the losing effort.

The test marked the first of a five-game homestand for the Coyotes, who are 14-15-2 as the host this season and in fourth place in the Pacific standings.

Phoenix forwards Owen Nolan (shoulder) and Josh Gratton (groin) are both questionable for tonight's game.

The Coyotes have won all three matchups with the Blackhawks so far this season and have taken five in a row in the series overall. Phoenix is 7-3-4 (four ties) in the last 14 meetings of the series and has won three straight in Chicago.

03/10 11:37:23 ET

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