NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, March 6th
(All times eastern)
Anaheim Ducks (30-26-7) at Phoenix Coyotes (38-22-5), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Phoenix Coyotes will try to record consecutive wins
when they welcome the Anaheim Ducks for tonight's Pacific Division battle at
The Coyotes were dealt their third straight loss when they emerged from the
Olympic break with Tuesday's setback against St. Louis. However, Phoenix
rebounded two days later with a home victory over Colorado.
Thursday's win helped Phoenix move ahead of Los Angeles in the Western
Conference standings. The Coyotes are currently fourth in the West with 81
points, just one more than the Kings.
Wojtek Wolski was the hero for Phoenix in his first game with the Coyotes,
scoring with 23.7 seconds left in regulation to beat his former Colorado club
in a 3-1 final. Wolski was dealt from the Avalanche to the Coyotes on
Wednesday for forwards Peter Mueller and Kevin Porter.
Phoenix veteran Shane Doan found Wolski set up at the left circle for a one-
timer to further the storyline and break a 1-1 tie. Radim Vrbata added an
empty-net goal to account for the final margin.
"It was great, we got a lot of chances and I think it will only get better
with each game," said Wolski of working with his new teammates. We're all
excited about playing with each other."
Fellow newcomer Lee Stempniak, brought in from Toronto on an exceptionally
busy day for the Coyotes at the deadline, scored in his first game as well.
Goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov came up with 23 saves for the win.
The Coyotes are playing the fourth test of a five-game homestand tonight.
Phoenix, which is 23-10-2 as the host this year, will complete the residency
Wednesday against Vancouver.
Anaheim has played just one game since the Olympic break and it was also
against Colorado, which handed the Ducks a close regulation loss on Wednesday.
Chris Stewart had a goal and two assists to lift the Avs to the 4-3 decision
Teemu Selanne and Jason Blake each had a goal and assist for the Ducks, who
are currently outside of the playoff picture with 67 points.
Scott Niedermayer also scored in the loss, while Jonas Hiller made 21 saves.
The Ducks have a poor 11-17-5 record as the guest this year. Following
tonight, however, Anaheim will play its next seven games on home ice.
Tonight marks the sixth and final regular season meeting between Anaheim and
the Coyotes in 2009-10. Phoenix has won three of the five prior matchups and
posted a 4-0 home victory the last times the clubs met on December 23.
The Ducks still have six wins in the last 10 overall meetings between the
teams, but they have dropped three straight and five of their last eight in
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