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Saturday, November 1st
(All times eastern)
Minnesota Wild (6-2-1) at Phoenix Coyotes (4-4-0), 10 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Minnesota Wild will try to get back on the winning
track when they visit the Phoenix Coyotes for tonight's matchup at Jobing.com
The Wild began the year with a 6-0-1 record and were the last team in the NHL
to lose a regulation game when they dropped a 4-2 decision at Dallas on
Minnesota was then handed its second regulation loss of the year the following
night as the visiting Montreal Canadiens handed the Wild a 2-1 setback
Thursday at Xcel Energy Center. Carey Price stopped 28 shots and Andrei
Markov's tally 2:23 into the second period was the game-winner for the Habs.
Brent Burns had the lone goal for Minnesota while Josh Harding, making his
first start of the season, finished the contest with 19 saves for the Wild.
The game featured a rare occurrence as brothers captained opposing teams for
the first time in an NHL contest since 1986. Mikko Koivu wears the 'C' for the
Wild and his older brother Saku is the longtime captain of the Canadiens. The
last time that scenario played out was on November 9, 1986 when Brian Sutter
led St. Louis against Darryl Sutter and the Chicago Blackhawks.
Tonight marks the start of a four-game road trip for Minnesota, which is 3-1-0
away from St. Paul this season.
Minnesota will try to continue its dominance of the Coyotes tonight, as its
won seven straight and nine of the last 10 games in the series. Phoenix last
beat the Wild in a home victory on November 14, 2006.
The Wild have also taken three straight and four of the previous five meetings
The Coyotes have won two of their last three games and are coming off
Thursday's win over the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins. Shane Doan scored twice
and assisted on another goal to lift Phoenix to the 4-1 decision over the
Olli Jokinen and Kevin Porter also scored while Steven Reinprecht and Zbynek
Michalek came away with a pair of assists each for the Coyotes.
Ilya Bryzgalov stopped all but one of 28 shots for the win and improved to
3-3-0 on the season. The Russian backstop has struggled in his career against
the Wild, going 0-4-0 with a 3.33 goals against average and .890 save
percentage in five lifetime games.
The Coyotes are off to a 3-1-0 start at Jobing.com Arena this season and are
wrapping up a four-game homestand tonight.
11/01 10:34:10 ET