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NHL Preview from The Sports Network



Thursday, February 15th (All times eastern)

Anaheim Ducks (33-16-8) at Phoenix Coyotes (25-30-2), 9 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Anaheim Ducks will try to find their offense tonight when they visit the Phoenix Coyotes at Jobing.com Arena.

The slumping Ducks are seeing the Pacific Division lead slip away right before their eyes, losing four of the last five games overall with the club getting shutout in three of those defeats. Overall, the Ducks have lost eight of their past 11 contests and lead the Sharks by just one point for the division lead.

Anaheim's third blanking come on Tuesday at the hands of Colorado, as Peter Budaj turned aside 39 shots for his second shutout of the season and the Avalanche topped the Ducks, 2-0, at Pepsi Center.

Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 27 saves for the Ducks, who have lost the first two games of their current four-game road swing to fall to 15-11-3 on the road. Anaheim wraps up the trek Saturday in Los Angeles.

Phoenix also comes in on a losing note, as the team dropped a 5-3 game to Tampa Bay on Tuesday.

Oleg Saprykin and Michael Zigomanis registered a goal and an assist for the Coyotes, who have lost three straight games. Derek Morris added a goal while Mikael Tellqvist allowed five goals on 27 shots in the losing effort.

It was the first game for Phoenix since trading leading scorer Ladislav Nagy to Dallas on Monday for a first-round draft pick in 2007 and forward Mathias Tjarnqvist, who played in the setback.

The Coyotes are starting a brief two-game homestand tonight and will host Detroit on Saturday. The team is 13-12-1 at Jobing.com Arena this year.

Right wing Owen Nolan (sore neck) is questionable for the game.

This will be the sixth of eight meetings between the two teams this season. The Ducks have taken four games against the Coyotes this year and have won nine of the last 10 meetings overall.

The teams have split two games in Phoenix this year. The Coyotes posted a 2-0 win on December 23 to snap a four-game home losing streak in the series.

02/15 10:55:08 ET

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