NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Thursday, November 15th (All times eastern)
San Jose Sharks (10-7-2) at Phoenix Coyotes (7-9-0), 9 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Phoenix Coyotes will try to avoid their third straight loss to the San Jose Sharks tonight when the two clubs square off a Jobing.com Arena.
Phoenix is wrapping a funky part of its schedule that has it playing three in a row versus Pacific Division-rival San Jose. The Coyotes have dropped the first two tests versus the Sharks, and have been outscored 9-1 in that span.
That includes a 5-0 shutout loss on Monday in San Jose, as the Coyotes failed to get any of their 25 shots past Evgeni Nabokov. Devin Setoguchi and Joe Thornton each had a pair of goals.
Mikael Tellqvist made 23 saves in the loss. Steven Reinprecht scored the only Phoenix goal against the Sharks in Saturday's 4-1 loss.
Phoenix will play tonight without defenseman Nick Boynton, who received an automatic one-game suspension for instigating a fight in the final five minutes of Monday's loss. Boynton instigated the fight with San Jose's Steve Bernier with 4:10 left.
Also, as a result of the instigator, Phoenix head coach Wayne Gretzky was fined $10,000.
Brendan Bell recalled from San Antonio of the AHL, and is expected to make his season debut tonight.
Phoenix is just 2-6-0 at home this season.
San Jose got a bit of a break from Phoenix on Wednesday, as the club was in Dallas where it posted a 4-3 shootout win. Patrick Marleau and Setoguchi each scored in the shootout and regulation.
Setoguchi now has a goal in three straight games, totaling four markers in that span.
Nabokov made a pad save on Sergei Zubov to start the shootout and Setoguchi followed with a wrist shot that banged off the right post and went into the net. After Jussi Jokinen's shot went wide left, Marleau sealed the win with a wrist shot that beat Marty Turco on the left side.
Torrey Mitchell scored the other goal while Nabokov finished the game with 26 saves for the Sharks, who have won three straight.
Thornton had an assist to give him three goals and four helpers over his last four games for San Jose, which was without Milan Michalek on Wednesday due to an elbow injury.
The Sharks play their second straight on the road tonight, and are 7-3-2 as the visitor. The club begins a four-game homestand with a visit from Anaheim on Saturday.
With the two victories against Phoenix this season, the Sharks have won six straight and nine of the last 11 meetings with the Coyotes. San Jose has also taken two in a row and five of its last six tests in the desert.
11/15 10:55:48 ET