NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Thursday, December 4th
(All times eastern)
Phoenix Coyotes (8-9-6-1) at Buffalo Sabres (12-11-2-1), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Phoenix Coyotes hope to stretch their unbeaten streak
to four games tonight when they resume the current road trip at HSBC Arena
against the Buffalo Sabres.
Phoenix is 2-0-1 on the heels of a three-game losing streak. On Tuesday, the
Coyotes posted a 3-1 win over the New Jersey Devils in the second portion of a
David Tanabe set up the go-ahead goal and scored another during a span of 66
seconds in the third period to lift Phoenix. Tyson Nash and Chris Gratton also
scored for the Coyotes, who, despite being last in the standings, are only
three points out of first in the crowded Pacific Division.
Sean Burke finished with 27 saves in the victory. The Coyotes also snapped an
0-5-5-1 road skid, winning for the first time away from home since October 15
Phoenix, now 3-5-5-1 on the road, will continue its venture Friday in
Buffalo, meanwhile, has won three of its last four, including Wednesday's 3-2
road triumph versus woeful Chicago. Dmitri Kalinin and Maxim Afinogenov scored
in the third period, and Daniel Briere tallied as well. Mika Noronen stopped
22 shots between the pipes.
Briere and Afinogenov have been picking up the scoring pace of late. Briere
has three goals in the last three games, while Afinogenov has recorded two.
Briere is tied with J.P. Dumont for the club lead with eight markers overall.
The Sabres, 6-3-1-1 on home ice, open a four-game set tonight and will host
Tampa Bay on Saturday.
Buffalo and Phoenix split two games last season, and the road team has won the
last five meetings. The Coyotes are 3-0-3 in their last six trips to Buffalo.
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