NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Sunday, November 21st
(All times eastern)
Phoenix Coyotes (9-5-5) at Vancouver Canucks (10-6-3), 9 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Phoenix Coyotes try to stretch their season-high
winning streak to six games this evening when they visit a Vancouver Canucks
team that is coming off its worst loss at home since 2008.
The Coyotes close out a three-game road trip tonight at Rogers Arena having
gone 5-0-2 in their last seven games. They picked up their fifth win in a row
on Friday, rallying from three goals down to post a 4-3 shootout triumph over
After Edmonton netted the game's first three goals, Lauri Korpikoski got
Phoenix on the board with 6:47 to go in the second period and Radim Vrbata
added a power-play tally less than two minutes later. Wojtek Wolski then
forced overtime when he converted a Ray Whitney feed into a game-tying goal
with 35 seconds left in regulation.
Vrbata, who had two assists, Lee Stempniak and Eric Belanger all scored in the
shootout, with Belanger's forehander past Oilers goaltender Devan Dubnyk and
under the crossbar in the fifth round serving as the game-winner.
"As players you have a few moves you're comfortable with," said Belanger.
"That was a new goalie I've never seen before. You go with the move that you
trust. That's what I did and it was a big goal."
Ilya Bryzgalov made 27 stops for the win, while Whitney ended with three
assists to give him six helpers and nine points in his last four games.
Phoenix, which is on its longest winning streak since a nine-game run from
March 4-21, could have captain Shane Doan back in the lineup for the first
time in eight games because of a lower-body injury. However, fellow forward
Kyle Turris is unlikely to play tonight due to an upper-body ailment suffered
The Coyotes will be trying to hand the Canucks just their second regulation
home loss of the season tonight. Vancouver went 6-0-1 in its first seven at
Rogers Arena this year prior to last night's 7-1 setback versus Chicago. It
was the Canucks' worse loss at home since a 7-1 defeat to Calgary on April 5,
Mikael Samuelsson scored the lone goal for the Canucks, have lost three
straight overall after winning eight of nine. Roberto Luongo stopped only 16-
of-20 shots before giving way to Cory Schneider, who allowed three goals on 21
shots in defeat.
"Look at the goals tonight, a few were them against the goalies," said
Vancouver's Daniel Sedin. "It was a tough night for them."
The Canucks were without defenseman Keith Ballard last night due to flu-like
These two clubs have split their four-game series in each of the past three
seasons. Phoenix has lost two straight and four of the last five on the road
against the Canucks and has just two wins in its last 17 trips to Vancouver.
Luongo could get the start again tonight after leaving last night's game early
and is 8-7-1 with a 2.23 goals-against average versus the Coyotes, while
Bryzgalov is 6-6-1 with a 2.19 GAA when facing the Canucks.
11/21 10:31:04 ET