NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Sunday, November 30th
(All times eastern)
Phoenix Coyotes (7-9-5-1) at Boston Bruins (11-4-3-4), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Boston Bruins try to put the brakes on a three-game
losing streak tonight when they invite the Phoenix Coyotes to the FleetCenter.
Boston has fallen to Philadelphia, St. Louis (OT) and Nashville during the
skid, and now finds itself tied with Toronto for first in the Northeast
Division at 29 points. A little over a week ago the Bruins were facing the
Flyers in a tilt with first in the Eastern Conference on the line, and they
now trail Philly by five points.
On Friday, Boston failed to solve Nashville goaltender Tomas Vokoun after the
first period and was on the wrong end of a 2-1 match at the FleetCenter. David
Legwand and Greg Johnson each scored in the first period for the Predators and
Vokoun made the lead stand up with 32 saves.
Joe Thornton tallied in the first and Andrew Raycroft made 27 stops for
the Bruins, who have lost three consecutive games for the first time this
season. It also marked Boston's second regulation loss at home (4-2-2-1) this
year and its first regulation defeat versus a Western Conference club
While he does have 19 assists in 22 games, Thornton's goal was just his fifth
of the season. He enters the day tied for 10th in the league in scoring with
Boston, 4-2-2-1 at home, will visit Atlanta on Wednesday.
Phoenix, meanwhile, kicks off a five-game road trip tonight and hopes to find
some success against Eastern Conference foes. The Coyotes are 1-4 against the
East this season.
On Thursday, Phoenix invited Los Angeles to America West Arena for a
Thanksgiving Day contest and ended a three-game losing streak with a 6-4
triumph. Ladislav Nagy, who is off to a sizzling start, posted his first
career hat trick to pave the way.
Shane Doan added a goal and two assists for the Coyotes, who recorded
three unanswered makers after falling behind 3-2 and led from then on.
Nagy is tied for fifth in the NHL with 13 goals, leaving him just 10 shy of
his career high.
The Coyotes, 2-5-4-1 on the road, will resume their trek Tuesday in New
Phoenix defeated Boston, 2-1, in Arizona last March, and the home team is
8-0-1 in the last nine meetings.
11/30 10:10:00 ET