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Saturday, November 10th (All times eastern)

Phoenix Coyotes (7-7-0) at San Jose Sharks (7-7-2), 10:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - Two teams that will get very familiar with each other over the next week battle tonight, as the Phoenix Coyotes pay a visit to HP Pavilion to take on the San Jose Sharks.

Phoenix's next three games will all be against the Sharks, with the first two coming in San Jose tonight and Monday. The Coyotes then host the Sharks on Thursday.

San Jose, meanwhile, plays two at home versus the Coyotes and then makes a stop in Dallas on Wednesday before heading to Phoenix.

The Sharks won six of their eight games versus the Coyotes last year, and have won four straight overall. That includes two straight wins at home against Phoenix.

The Sharks come into this game on a losing note after falling to Anaheim, 3-2, in a shootout on Friday. The Ducks' Ryan Getzlaf and Andy McDonald both scored on Evgeni Nabokov in the extra session, while San Jose's Joe Pavelski and Jonathan Cheechoo failed to beat Jean-Sebastien Giguere.

Joe Thornton and Torrey Mitchell each had a goal while Nabokov made 24 saves in the loss for the Sharks, who have dropped three of their last four.

San Jose is just 1-4-0 at home this year.

Center Jeremy Roenick will try once again to become just the third U.S.-born skater to reach the 500-goal mark for his career. With his next tally, he will join Mike Modano (511) and Joe Mullen (502) as American skaters to reach the distinction, and he will also become the 40th player in league history to record 500 goals in a career.

Roenick, who has four goals this season, has assists in two straight games, but hasn't posted a goal in that span. He last lit the lamp on November 3 against Los Angeles.

The Coyotes were last in action on Thursday when they posted a rare home win over Dallas. Steve Reinprecht scored twice and Ed Jovanovski posted a goal and two assists in the 5-2 victory that halted a six-game home skid.

Mike York and Keith Ballard also scored for Phoenix, which won for the fourth time in its last five games overall. Mikael Tellqvist allowed two goals on 26 shots in the win.

While the Coyotes have struggled to a 2-6-0 mark at home this year, the club is a solid 5-1-0 as the visitor this season.

11/10 10:40:18 ET


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