NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Tuesday, January 27th
(All times eastern)
Anaheim Ducks (23-21-5) at Phoenix Coyotes (24-19-5), 9 p.m.
(Sports Network) - A pair of rested Pacific Division rivals will face off
tonight at Jobing.com Arena, where the Phoenix Coyotes attempt to build on an
impressive home record when they take on the Anaheim Ducks.
Phoenix enters tonight's clash in second place in the Pacific with 53 points,
two more than the Ducks. Both teams are well behind first-place San Jose,
which tops the Western Conference with 73 points at the moment.
The Coyotes' success has largely come on the strength of playing well at home.
Wayne Gretzky's club has compiled an excellent 16-6-2 record as the host this
season and won its last three matchups on home ice, including a recent ousting
of the defending Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings.
Phoenix scored three unanswered goals in the third period in last Tuesday's
6-3 triumph over the Wings. Ed Jovanovski put the Coyotes ahead with a power-
play marker just 2:06 into the frame, while Enver Lisin lit the lamp twice
afterward to send the Coyotes to their third win in their last four games.
Ilya Bryzgalov made 34 shots to help Phoenix snap a nine-game losing streak to
Detroit and record its first home win over the Red Wings since January 24,
Anaheim has not taken the ice since last Wednesday's 2-1 loss to the lowly New
York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum. The Ducks were stoned by Isles netminder
Yann Danis, who turned aside 39-of-40 shots to earn his first NHL win in over
Jean-Sebastien Giguere wasn't nearly as sharp between the pipes for Anaheim,
as the veteran goaltender allowed two goals on just seven shots before being
replaced by Jonas Hiller less than 15 minutes into the game. Bobby Ryan scored
the Ducks' lone goal.
Anaheim concludes a five-game road trip that overlaps the All-Star break
tonight. The Ducks are just 1-3-0 on the swing and have lost six of their last
eight tilts overall.
These teams have split two previous meetings this season, both of which took
place in Anaheim. The Ducks have won in seven of their 11 trips to Phoenix and
notched a point (2-0-2) in each of their four visits to Jobing.com Arena in
Giguere, however, has lost four consecutive starts against the Coyotes and
surrendered four goals on 24 shots in Anaheim's 4-2 loss to Phoenix on October
01/27 10:44:19 ET