NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, April 11th
(All times eastern)
Anaheim Ducks (42-33-6) at Phoenix Coyotes (35-39-7), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - Winning on the road this year hasn't been a problem for the
Ducks. Heading to the postseason for a fourth straight season, Anaheim wraps
its regular season in Phoenix with a test against the Coyotes at Jobing.com
The Ducks currently sit tied with the Blues for the final two seeds in the
Western Conference, though they can finish no higher than sixth. Anaheim
trails Columbus by two points for that spot, but has one more win than the
club. That means a victory by the Ducks coupled with a regulation loss by the
Blue Jackets to Minnesota tonight would give Anaheim the sixth spot.
That would still have the Ducks opening the postseason on the road, but that
shouldn't bother the club too much. While Anaheim is a solid 20-18-3 at home
on the year, it has also posted an impressive 22-15-3 mark as the guest.
In fact, the Ducks carry a six-game road winning streak into this contest.
They were last in action at home on Friday, when their 4-3 shootout win helped
them claim a playoff berth.
Teemu Selanne netted the winner in the fourth round of the shootout for
Anaheim, which won the Stanley Cup in 2006-07. Scott Niedermayer, Todd
Marchant and Andrew Ebbett scored in regulation for the Ducks, who have won
five of their last six games. Jonas Hiller finished with 42 saves in the win.
Also, defenseman Francois Beauchemin returned to the lineup after missing 62
games while recovering from a left knee injury.
Anaheim has claimed a victory in each of its last three games in Phoenix, as
well as four straight and in six of the last seven meetings with the club
While the Coyotes won't be going to the playoffs for a sixth straight
campaign, it appears as if they might have given their future chances a boost
Scottie Upshall, acquired from the Flyers at the trade deadline, had a goal
and an assist in Thursday's 4-1 win over San Jose, giving him five goals over
his last six games in addition to eight goals and 13 points in 18 games since
Netminder Al Montoya, picked up from the Rangers at the deadline as well, made
40 saves and is 3-1-0 in five games (4 starts) with Phoenix to go along with a
2.08 goals against average and .925 save percentage.
Peter Mueller also had a goal and assist on Thursday. Zbynek Michalek and Ed
Jovanovski each scored once for Phoenix, which snapped a two-game slide.
The Coyotes are 22-15-3 at home this year, but were undone by a 13-24-4 mark
as the visitor.
04/11 11:30:01 ET