NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Monday, February 4th (All times eastern)
Phoenix Coyotes (27-22-3) at Colorado Avalanche (28-21-4), 9 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Phoenix Coyotes will try to turn things around on their five-game road trip tonight, when they visit the Colorado Avalanche for a battle at the Pepsi Center.
The Coyotes began the swing with last Tuesday's win in Columbus, but Phoenix has since been handed defeats in Detroit and Nashville. Wayne Gretzky's club has been solid away from home all season as the Coyotes are 16-11-1 as the visiting team.
Phoenix was handed a tough loss Saturday in Nashville, as Alexander Radulov's tally with 50 seconds left in overtime propelled the Predators to a 3-2 decision at the Sommet Center.
Nashville led 2-0 early in the second period, but the Coyotes would pull within one by the end of the middle stanza. Steve Reinprecht then scored with 2:57 left in the third to send the game to overtime.
In the extra session, Ilya Bryzgalov stopped Radek Bonk's shot from the top of the right circle with the blocker, but the puck caromed off the shoulder of Radulov, banked off the goaltender's helmet and trickled across the goal line.
Shane Doan also scored for the Coyotes, while Bryzgalov allowed three goals on 37 shots in defeat.
Doan had a 13-game point streak halted against the Red Wings, but still has registered 26 points (9 goals, 17 assists) in his last 21 games. He is leading the Coyotes with 49 points (17g, 32a) on the season.
The Avalanche have won two of their last three contests and are coming off Saturday's win in St. Louis. T.J. Hensick and Ben Guite each notched a pair of goals as Colorado picked up a wild 6-4 win at Scottrade Center.
Tyler Arnason tallied a goal and an assist for the Avs, who won for just the second time in their last five games. Jaroslav Hlinka also lit the lamp for Colorado, while Wojtek Wolski had a pair of helpers.
Peter Budaj made 28 saves for Colorado, which never trailed in the contest, but allowed the Blues to pull within a goal with 7:43 left in the third. Guite would later seal the win with his empty-net tally.
The Avalanche are 18-8-1 as the home club this season, but have lost three of their last five in Denver.
Phoenix is 2-0 against the Avalanche this season, but Colorado has taken nine of the last 12 meetings overall. The Coyotes have also won two straight in the Mile High City, but Colorado is 9-2 with a tie in the last 12 matchups at the Pepsi Center.
02/04 10:30:38 ET