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Saturday, October 25th (All times eastern)

Phoenix Coyotes (3-3-0-0) at San Jose Sharks (1-4-2-0), 10:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The inconsistent Phoenix Coyotes will aim to halt a three- game losing streak tonight, when they battle the equally inept San Jose Sharks at HP Pavilion.

After opening the campaign with three consecutive wins, the Coyotes have fallen on hard times. Phoenix's struggles stem from its inability to defend, as it has surrendered five goals in each of the last three contests.

Starting goaltender Sean Burke has been burned for 10 goals in the last two contests. Burke had given up just a pair of tallies in his previous three games between the pipes.

The Coyotes are coming off a 5-4 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday night. Ladislav Nagy posted two goals and an assist for the Coyotes, while Jan Hrdina and Daymond Langkow also scored for Phoenix.

Coyotes center Mike Sillinger, sidelined since October 1 with hernia surgery, played his first game for Phoenix. The Coyotes obtained Sillinger from Dallas last summer.

Phoenix is beginning a short two-game road trip. The Coyotes are 2-1-0-0 in three road tilts this year.

San Jose is currently in the cellar of the Pacific Division after going winless over its last four games (0-2-2-0). The Sharks skated to a 3-3 tie with the Chicago Blackhawks in their last contest on Thursday.

Tom Preissing scored in the third period to lift the Sharks to the deadlock. Nils Ekman also scored and Marco Sturm tallied two assists in the contest. Patrick Marleau registered an unassisted goal for the Sharks, who received 33 saves and a solid outing from goaltender Evgeni Nabokov.

Sharks center Wayne Primeau, who practiced Wednesday on a limited basis, was scratched because of a sore groin for a third straight game. Primeau is questionable for this contest.

San Jose finishes up its unsuccessful five-game homestand this evening. The Sharks are 0-2-2-0 at the tank this year.

The Sharks were winless (0-1-1) against the Coyotes at home last season. Over the last two seasons, Phoenix owns a 5-4-1 advantage in this series.

10/25 10:02:16 ET


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