NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Wednesday, December 10th
(All times eastern)
Phoenix Coyotes (12-13-2) at Dallas Stars (10-12-4), 8:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Coyotes haven't played so well on the road this year
and were embarrassed on enemy ice last time out. Getting Olli Jokinen back
should help that.
Phoenix will try to right the ship tonight, when it concludes a three-game
road trip with a test in Dallas against the Stars at American Airlines Center.
Phoenix has lost six of its last seven road games and is just 4-9-1 as the
visiting club this year. After a one-goal loss in St. Louis on Saturday, the
Coyotes were blasted in a 7-1 defeat to the Chicago Blackhawks the following
Enver Lisin scored the lone goal while Ilya Bryzgalov was shelled for seven
goals on 28 shots for the Coyotes, who have dropped two straight. It was the
most goals Phoenix has allowed in a game all season and the most since
yielding eight in a setback to Edmonton on March 18.
Jokinen should provide a spark to Phoenix's offense when he returns from a
six-game absence due to a shoulder injury he sustained on November 26 against
the Blue Jackets. Jokinen is second on the team with 18 points (7 goals, 11
assists) despite the missed time.
Bryzgalov has yielded 11 goals in this last two starts to lift his goals-
against average to 2.99. Phoenix would like to rest him after Sunday's
beating, but with backup Mikael Tellqvist battling a lower-body injury,
Bryzgalov will likely be in net again tonight.
He is 3-5-1 with a 2.21 GAA in 13 career outings against the Stars, including
a loss this year that saw him allow three goals on 19 shots faced.
That win by Dallas was just its third in the last eight meetings. The Coyotes
have also won three of their last four in Big D.
Mike Ribeiro assisted on all three goals in the win over Phoenix, while Loui
Eriksson scored twice. Ribeiro has just two points (1 goal, 1 assist) in nine
games since, though Eriksson has four goals and four assists in that span.
Neither player found the scoresheet in Friday's 2-1 shootout win over
Colorado. Mike Modano had the game-winner in that one, firing a wrister past
the Avalanche's Peter Budaj in the fourth round. Marty Turco then stopped Ryan
Smyth to secure the win.
Toby Petersen scored the lone regulation goal while Turco finished the game
with 26 saves for the Stars, who have won three of four.
Turco stopped 25 shots in the earlier win over Phoenix and is 15-10-0 with a
tie, 2.51 GAA and three shutouts against the Coyotes.
Last Friday's win came in the opener of a three-game homestand that wraps on
Friday versus Detroit. The Stars are 4-4-3 as the host this year.
12/10 10:51:19 ET