NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Sunday, November 23rd
(All times eastern)
Phoenix Coyotes (6-7-5-1) at Atlanta Thrashers (10-7-3-1), 1 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Atlanta Thrashers take aim at their fourth straight
victory this afternoon, when they begin a four-game homestand against the
Phoenix Coyotes at Philips Arena.
Atlanta is coming off a dominating 6-3 win over the Florida Panthers on Friday
night. Shawn McEachern scored twice to lead Atlanta to the win. McEachern has
16 goals in 37 career games against Florida.
Ilya Kovalchuk contributed a goal and two assists, while J.P. Vigier chipped
in a goal and assist for the Thrashers, who delivered four special-teams goals
in the contest.
Andy Sutton and Ronald Petrovicky also lit the lamp in the win.
Frantisek Kaberle registered three assists and Pasi Nurminen pushed aside 21
shots for Atlanta, which posted a franchise record with two shorthanded goals
in the second period.
Serge Aubin and Randy Robitaille each notched an assist for the Thrashers, who
improved to 5-5-1-1 on the road.
The Thrashers recalled Derek MacKenzie from the Chicago Wolves of the American
Hockey League on Friday. MacKenzie, 22, had posted 12 points (four goals,
eight assists) and eight penalty minutes in 16 games with the Wolves.
Phoenix enters off a disappointing 5-0 defeat to the San Jose Sharks on Friday
night. The Coyotes were shut out for the first time this season and failed to
earn a point for the first time in their last seven games (3-1-2-1).
Phoenix also had a three-game home winning streak stopped.
Sean Burke started in net for the Coyotes, but was lifted after yielding four
goals on 21 shots through just under 26 minutes of action.
Phoenix went without a goal in five chances with the extra skater.
The Coyotes could have trouble this afternoon, as they are 0-3-4-1 in their
last eight road tilts. For the season, Phoenix is 2-3-4-1 on foreign ice.
The Coyotes have never lost in seven meetings with the Thrashers, outscoring
them 27-11. Last season, Phoenix outscored the Thrashers, 9-3, in a pair of
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