NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Friday, November 21st
(All times eastern)
San Jose Sharks (3-6-8-2) at Phoenix Coyotes (6-6-5-1), 9 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Phoenix Coyotes try to stretch their unbeaten string
to five games tonight when they wrap up a brief two-game homestand against the
San Jose Sharks at America West Arena.
On Wednesday, Brian Savage scored twice, including the game winner with
1:45 remaining in the third period, to lead Phoenix to a 5-4 win over St.
Shane Doan also scored twice and finished with three points for the Coyotes,
who improved to 2-0-2 over their last four. Jeff Taffe also scored and Daymond
Langkow contributed three assists.
Sean Burke turned away 14 of 15 shots in the third period and finished with 22
saves for Phoenix, which scored three goals in the second to go ahead 4-3. Had
the game gone to extra time, it would have been the sixth straight overtime
game for Phoenix, which would have set an NHL record.
Doan, who reached 300 career points in the victory, has posted 16 of his 17
points this season when the Coyotes have been tied or behind.
The Coyotes, who are 4-3-1 at home this season, will hit the road for a pair
of games following tonight's contest.
San Jose, meanwhile, rallied from two goals down on Tuesday, as Alexander
Korolyuk and Marco Sturm each tallied third period scores in the Sharks' 2-2
draw with the New York Rangers at HP Pavilion.
The deadlock was the Sharks' NHL leading eighth on the season after posting
nine all of last campaign.
Vesa Toskala stopped 29 Ranger shots and kept the Sharks in the contest with
seven saves in the opening period and 12 in the second. San Jose has now
earned a point in nine of its last 10 games.
Despite the comeback, San Jose remained winless at home this season (0-3-5-1).
The Sharks -- who also rallied from a 2-0 deficit to earn a tie in their
previous game against Toronto -- have also played an amazing 10 overtime games
during the current campaign, winning none of those contests in the extra
Even without a win at home, San Jose, which sits in last place in the Pacific
Division, is within four points of first.
On the injury front, Korolyuk left the contest late in the third period with a
knee injury. He needed to be helped off the ice and will miss tonight's
The Sharks, who return home for a pair of games following tonight's tilt, are
3-3-3-1 on opposition ice this season.
Phoenix tied the Sharks earlier in the season and is unbeaten (2-0-2) in the
last four matchups. San Jose, though, has won five-of-nine and seven of its
last 13 in the desert.
11/21 10:41:13 ET