NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Thursday, November 10th
(All times eastern)
Montreal Canadiens (5-7-2) at Phoenix Coyotes (7-4-2), 9 p.m.
(Sports Network) - With a win on Saturday, Dave Tippett became the fastest
coach in Coyotes history to reach 100 victories.
None of those have come against the Canadiens.
Phoenix tries to halt a 12-game winless drought versus Montreal this evening
at Jobing.com Arena.
The Coyotes have gone 100-55-22 since Tippett was named the franchise's 17th
head coach on Sept. 24, 2009, making the postseason in each of his first two
seasons as bench boss. Phoenix is off to another solid start in a competitive
Pacific Division and helped its coach reach the milestone win on Saturday with
a 4-2 triumph over Edmonton.
Ray Whitney and Boyd Gordon both had a goal and an assist and Mike Smith made
24 saves for the Coyotes, who are 5-1-1 in their last seven games and 7-0-0
when leading after two periods this season.
Tippett took his milestone win in stride after the game, saying he didn't even
know it was in reach until someone told him before the game. Saturday was his
177th game as Phoenix's head coach.
"It is what it is. I like to win, I've got no problem with that," Tippett said
with a smile.
Daymond Langkow and Adrian Aucoin also lit the lamp in the win, while Radim
Vrbata had a pair of assists.
"I don't know if I'll get too many this year, but I've been waiting for
awhile," Aucoin said of his first tally of the season.
Phoenix played without Martin Hanzal for a second straight game due to a
lower-back injury, but could have the center back tonight when it tries to
beat Montreal for the first time since a home victory on Dec. 9, 1998.
The Canadiens are 9-0 with three ties in this series since that meeting and
hope to avoid a third straight loss overall tonight. They are 4-0 with a tie
in their last five trips to Arizona.
Montreal had won four in a row prior to consecutive defeats at the hands of
the New York Rangers and Edmonton. The Oilers rebounded after their loss to
the Coyotes to best the Habs 3-1.
Max Pacioretty scored the lone goal for the Canadiens and Carey Price stopped
11-of-13 shots in defeat.
"Other things started going the other way and so hopefully we can turn it
around on the road," said Price.
Montreal plays its next two games as the guest and is 3-3-0 as the road club
Andrei Kostitsyn did not play due to a lower-body injury and is questionable
for Montreal tonight.
11/10 11:48:27 ET