NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Sunday, November 9th
(All times eastern)
San Jose Sharks (13-2-0) at Phoenix Coyotes (6-6-0), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - Not even an injury to starting goaltender Evgeni Nabokov
could stop the Sharks from extending their winning streak on Saturday night.
San Jose will try to pick up its eighth straight victory this evening, when
they visit the Phoenix Coyotes for a Pacific Division matchup at Jobing.com
At 13-2-0, the Sharks have the best record in the NHL and also lead the league
with 26 points.
San Jose's latest victory came in dramatic fashion on Saturday night, as
Patrick Marleau scored the game-winning goal with 28.3 seconds remaining in
the third period to lift the Sharks to a 2-1 decision over the visiting Dallas
Marty Turco came out to play a dump-in and literally handed the Sharks their
seventh straight victory, as his clearing attempt hit Marleau and he chipped
the puck past the scrambling netminder.
Marleau also picked up the secondary assist on Dan Boyle's first-period tally.
With Nabokov nursing an unspecified lower-body injury and listed as day-to-
day, Brian Boucher got the start between the pipes and made 23 saves for San
Jose, which is a perfect 9-0-0 at home this season. Boucher is expected to get
the call again tonight as Nabokov is not making the trip to Phoenix.
A Vezina trophy finalist in 2007-08, Nabokov was hurt on the final shot of the
shootout in Thursday's 5-4 victory over St. Louis.
The Sharks have obviously been terrific at home this year and they haven't
been bad on the road either, going 4-2-0 as the visiting club. After tonight's
contest, San Jose will head home to start a two-game homestand with Tuesday's
matchup against Nashville.
The Coyotes have won two of their last three games and are coming off
Saturday's 4-1 victory over visiting Florida. Ilya Bryzgalov stopped all but
one of Florida's 27 shots and Mikkel Boedker scored two goals as Phoenix
dropped the Panthers.
Olli Jokinen had a goal and an assist for Phoenix in his first game against
his old team. The former Panthers captain was dealt from Florida during the
Peter Mueller also scored and Keith Yandle had two assists for the Coyotes,
who had dropped two of three games and six of nine coming in to Saturday's
Phoenix is 4-2-0 as the host club this season and is completing a brief two-
game homestand tonight.
This is the first of six meetings between these Pacific rivals. Last year,
the Sharks won five of the eight encounters and have taken nine of 12 overall
in the series. San Jose was defeated in its previous two trips to the desert.
11/09 10:50:35 ET