NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Wednesday, November 23rd
(All times Eastern)
Anaheim Ducks (6-10-4) at Phoenix Coyotes (10-6-3), 9 p.m.
(Sports Network) - After a long road trip that netted them six points, the
Phoenix Coyotes return home for the first of three straight, a span that the
club hopes to start tonight with a fourth straight victory over the Anaheim
The Coyotes went 3-2-0 on their longest road trip of the season, with their
two losses coming by a combined two goals. After a victory in Buffalo on
Saturday, Phoenix traveled to Washington on Monday but couldn't hold an early
lead en route to a 4-3 setback.
A pair of short-handed goals from Radim Vrbata and Lauri Korpikoski staked the
Coyotes to an early lead, but the Capitals countered with four straight
tallies. Korpikoski's second goal of the game pulled Phoenix to within one,
but it could not net the equalizer.
Jason LaBarbera stopped 27 shots in defeat as Phoenix scored a pair of short-
handed goals in the same game for the first time since Jan. 2, 2008.
"I thought our guys hung in there and battled, but not much in the tank
tonight," said Phoenix head coach Dave Tippett after his club fell to 9-1-3
when scoring first this season.
The Coyotes, who are 4-3-2 as the host, ended their stalemate with restricted
free agent Kyle Turris with a two-year deal on Tuesday. The third overall pick
of the 2007 draft, Turris had asked for a trade after sitting out training
camp, but general manager Don Maloney refused the request.
Turris, who had to sign by Dec. 1 to be eligible to play this season, had 11
goals and 25 points in 65 games last season and must pass a physical on
"I am happy to sign with Phoenix and start playing," said Turris. "It's been a
long process, but now I am focused on playing and helping the team win."
While it is unknown when Turris will join the Coyotes, they are close to
getting center Daymond Langkow back. Langkow took a leave of absence with the
club following a death in the family and may return to game action on Friday
Phoenix opened up its season series in Anaheim on Oct. 23 and posted a 5-4
win, its third victory in a row over the Ducks. Martin Hanzal notched two
first-period goals, Korpikoski scored and had an assist and Mike Smith made 29
saves to improve to 4-0-1 lifetime against Anaheim with a 1.87 goals-against
The Coyotes have won five of their last seven at home over the Ducks, who have
lost four in a row overall and are just 2-9-4 since a four-game win streak
from Oct. 8-17.
Anaheim is coming off a 4-2 home loss to Detroit on Sunday, getting goals from
Teemu Selanne and Saku Koivu. Jonas Hiller stopped 26 shots.
"We made enough mistakes that cost us the hockey game," said Anaheim head
coach Randy Carlyle. "There is no other way to describe it. We pretty much
gave them the three goals. We again mounted a comeback in the hockey game, but
it just seems that we're one goal short again."
The Ducks, who have lost six in a row on the road, begin a season high-tying
six-game homestand on Friday versus the Blackhawks.
Hiller allowed five goals on 19 shots versus the Coyotes in October and was
replaced by Dan Ellis, who stopped all 16 shots faced. Ryan Getzlaf had two of
Anaheim's four goals in the loss.
11/23 10:47:31 ET