NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Saturday, November 3rd (All times eastern)
Anaheim Ducks (5-7-2) at Phoenix Coyotes (5-6-0), 10 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The defending Stanley Cup champion Anaheim Ducks will try to win consecutive games for just the second time this season when they visit the Phoenix Coyotes tonight at Jobing.com Arena.
The Ducks have struggled to a 5-7-2 mark in the early going, but were able to put the brakes on a four-game losing streak Thursday night against visiting Columbus. Mathieu Schneider scored the lone tally in the shootout as Anaheim edged the Blue Jackets, 2-1, at Honda Center.
In the second round of the shootout, Schneider skated in on net and flicked a shot that trickled between the pads of Fredrik Norrena. Jean-Sebastien Giguere then made saves on Rick Nash and David Vyborny to win the contest.
It was the first game of the season for Schneider, who signed with Anaheim in the offseason, but missed the first 13 games of the year with a broken ankle.
Rob Niedermayer scored the other goal while Giguere made 19 saves in the win for the Ducks.
Tonight, Anaheim can win back-to-back games for the first time since defeating Detroit and Nashville on October 15 & 17.
The Ducks are winless (0-5-1) in six road contests this season and will try again this evening for their first victory as the visitor. After tonight, Anaheim will return to Southern California for a four-game homestand that begins Monday against Dallas.
Phoenix will aim for its first three-game winning streak of the season tonight after posting wins in St. Louis and Dallas. The Coyotes' most recent victory came Friday night in a blowout win over the Stars.
Mikael Tellqvist turned aside 35 shots for his fifth career shutout, and the Coyotes blanked Dallas, 5-0, at American Airlines Center.
Shane Doan had a three-point night with a goal and two assists to lead the Coyotes, who have won four consecutive road games and three of four overall.
Daniel Carcillo added a goal and assist, while Nick Boynton recorded two assists. Niko Kapanen, Martin Hanzal and Radim Vrbata each notched a goal for Phoenix as well.
The Coyotes beat the Ducks in Anaheim on October 25 in the first meeting of the season between the clubs. However, Anaheim has taken 11 of the last 14 encounters with Phoenix.
11/03 10:47:08 ET