NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Sunday, March 22nd
(All times eastern)
Phoenix Coyotes (30-35-7) at Anaheim Ducks (34-31-6), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Anaheim Ducks will shoot for their first three-game
winning streak in nearly four months when they welcome the Phoenix Coyotes for
today's clash at the Honda Center.
The Ducks last won three in a row during a four-game winning streak from
November 22-30 and have posted back-to-back victories on six occasions since
Anaheim is coming off close wins over Nashville and these same Coyotes. The
Ducks recorded an overtime win over the visiting Predators on Wednesday and
won a shootout decision the following night at Phoenix. This is not a home-
and-home series, however, as the Coyotes hosted Vancouver on Saturday.
Bobby Ryan scored the winner in the shootout as the Ducks got a big two points
in the 3-2 win over the Coyotes. Anaheim has 74 points and is tied with
Minnesota and Dallas for the 10th seed in the West. The trio is just three
points behind Nashville for the conference's eighth and final postseason
Petteri Nokelainen and Drew Miller each lit the lamp in regulation for the
Ducks. Jonas Hiller finished the game with 26 saves for Anaheim.
The Ducks are just 17-16-3 as the host this year, but have won two of their
last three on home ice.
The Coyotes have won two of their last three games, but are 14th in the West
with 67 points on the year. Phoenix was in action on Saturday and recorded a
5-1 victory over the visiting Canucks.
Ilya Bryzgalov made 35 saves to lead the way in the decisive victory over
Vancouver at Jobing.com Arena.
The Coyotes used an odd goal to help them post the win. Victor Tikhonov was
credited with a second period tally, but it was actually Vancouver's Shane
O'Brien that scored the goal. O'Brien scored on his own net while a delayed
penalty was called on Tikhonov, who was given his eighth goal of the season.
Also scoring for Phoenix were Matthew Lombardi, Shane Doan, Daniel Winnik and
The Coyotes have lost four straight and six of their last seven road tests and
are just 11-21-4 as the guest this season.
Anaheim has taken three of four from the Coyotes this season and has won five
of the last six matchups overall in the series. Phoenix has dropped two of
three at the Honda Center, but has also won four of its last six road tests
against the Ducks.
03/22 11:01:25 ET