NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, November 12th
(All times eastern)
Phoenix Coyotes (7-4-3) at San Jose Sharks (9-4-1), 10:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The San Jose Sharks have scored three or more goals in
four straight games, winning three of those, and will continue a six-game
homestand this evening versus the Phoenix Coyotes at HP Pavilion.
The Sharks are 3-0-1 on the homestand and handed Minnesota a 3-1 loss the last
time out on Thursday. Patrick Marleau collected a pair of power-play goals,
Torrey Mitchell scored and Antti Niemi stopped 21-of-22 shots for San Jose,
which is a solid 9-4-1 on the season and 4-2-1 as the host.
"We limited their opportunities," Sharks head coach Todd McLellan said about
the Wild. "We did execute some things we wanted to following our practices."
San Jose snapped Minnesota's five-game winning streak and will conclude this
residency versus Detroit next Thursday. Marleau has 12 points in nine games
and teammate Ryane Clowe is riding a four-game point streak.
Phoenix will commence a five-game road trip Saturday against San Jose and has
won three in a row away from the desert.
The Coyotes, who are 3-1-0 as the visitor this season, have dropped two of
three games since a three-game winning streak and are coming off Thursday's
3-2 loss in overtime versus the Montreal Canadiens.
Mikkel Boedker and Raffi Torres scored, while goaltender Mike Smith stopped
33-of-36 shots for the Coyotes, who have not beaten Montreal since December 9,
1998 -- a span of 13 games. The Coyotes went 1-1-1 on a three-game homestand.
"We didn't have the first period that we wanted to, we were lucky to be up,"
Phoenix pivot Cal O'Reilly said. "They had a real good second period and we
tied it in the third, but we weren't able to get the two points. We just have
to come with a 60 minute effort."
Phoenix center Martin Hanzal returned to action after missing two games
because of a lower-back injury and O'Reilly notched his first point with
Phoenix since being traded to the Coyotes by Nashville.
Coyotes center Daymond Langkow is listed as questionable for Saturday's game
due to a death in his family. He has three goals and five assists this season.
San Jose handed the Pacific Division-rival Coyotes a 6-3 loss in the season
opener back on Oct. 8 at the Shark Tank, as Joe Pavelski and Andrew Desjardins
each scored two goals to lead the charge. Thomas Greiss made 26 saves for San
Jose, which has won 10 of the past 11 meetings with Phoenix.
Phoenix has lost six straight at San Jose.
11/12 11:01:33 ET