NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Sunday, October 12th
(All times eastern)
Phoenix Coyotes (1-0-0-0) at Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (0-2-0-0), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, who will raise their Western
Conference championship banner tonight, hope to avoid an 0-3 start
when they host the Phoenix Coyotes in their home opener at the Pond.
Last spring's spirited run to the Stanley Cup Finals has seemed like a distant
memory, as the Ducks have dropped contests to Dallas and Nashville. Anaheim
has been outscored by a combined 7-2 margin in the defeats.
On Thursday night against the Predators, Rob Niedermayer scored the lone goal
for the Ducks after a set-up from Sergei Fedorov. Niedermayer has scored both
Anaheim tallies this season, while Fedorov picked up his first point in his
Conn Smythe Trophy winner Jean-Sebastien Giguere, after allowing four goals in
the opener, was rested in favor of Martin Gerber Friday. Giguere is expected
to be back between the pipes this evening.
The Ducks will kick off a three-game homestand tonight. They'll welcome Ottawa
Phoenix, meanwhile, got its season off on the right foot Friday. David Tanabe
flipped home a backhander from the left face- off circle for the game-winner
with just 22 seconds remaining in overtime, as the Coyotes downed the St.
Louis Blues, 2-1, at America West Arena.
Daymond Langkow also scored for the Coyotes, who moved to 11-10-4 in season-
openers as a franchise, including their days as the Winnipeg Jets. Sean Burke
turned aside 23 shots between the pipes.
The Coyotes, who opened 0-2 last season, begin a three-game road trip tonight.
They'll visit Florida on Wednesday.
Phoenix and Anaheim went 2-2-1 against each other last season, but the Ducks
are 6-3-1 in the last 10 meetings. The Coyotes are 0-2-1 in their last three
trips to the Pond.
10/12 10:11:34 ET