NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Friday, November 23rd (All times eastern)
Phoenix Coyotes (9-10-0) at Anaheim Ducks (10-9-3), 4 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Phoenix Coyotes will take aim at their first three-game winning streak of the season today, when they visit the Anaheim Ducks at the Honda Center.
The Coyotes earned back-to-back wins in a home-and-home series with Los Angeles and both victories came with Phoenix's new goaltender in the crease.
Phoenix landed Ilya Bryzgalov on waivers last week after he was let go by the Ducks. Anaheim had promised to either trade Bryzgalov or waive him so he could get a chance to be a starting goaltender. The 27-year-old Russian was stuck playing behind the Ducks' franchise netminder Jean-Sebastien Giguere in Anaheim.
Bryzgalov posted a shutout in his debut with the Coyotes last Saturday in Los Angeles and surrendered just one goal in the home portion against the Kings. Mike York scored twice, as the Coyotes downed LA, 4-1, on Wednesday.
Shane Doan had a two-point night with a goal and an assist for the Coyotes. Niko Kapanen scored a goal and Ed Jovanovski recorded three assists. Bryzgalov made 28 saves in the win.
The Coyotes haven't won three straight games since rattling off seven victories in a row from December 28 to January 9 of last season.
Phoenix is playing five of its next six games on the road, starting with today's affair. The Coyotes are 6-3-0 as the visiting team this season.
The Ducks, meanwhile, had a season-high four-game winning streak halted Wednesday in Dallas. Mike Modano and Niklas Hagman scored 41 seconds apart in the third period as the Stars edged Anaheim, 2-1, at American Airlines Center.
Corey Perry had the lone goal and Giguere ended with 22 saves for Anaheim.
The Ducks are playing the first of two straight tilts at home today. The defending Stanley Cup champs are 7-3-2 at the Honda Center this year. Anaheim will also welcome the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday.
Phoenix is 2-1 against the Ducks so far this year, but Anaheim has still won 12 of the last 16 encounters. The Coyotes have also won back-to-back games in Anaheim after losing their previous 10 tests at the Honda Center.
11/23 10:30:48 ET