NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Monday, December 15th
(All times eastern)
Minnesota Wild (11-14-5-0) at Phoenix Coyotes (10-10-8-1), 9 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Phoenix Coyotes play their final game at America West
Arena tonight when they welcome the Minnesota Wild into town.
Tonight's contest wraps up a three-game homestand and Phoenix then departs for
a four-game road trip. The Coyotes return on December 27 to open the brand-
new Glendale Arena against the Nashville Predators.
The move means that the Coyotes will no longer have to share a building with
the NBA's Phoenix Suns, as the new 17,799-seat facility was built solely with
the hockey club in mind.
Tonight's tilt will be the 300th regular-season game at America West Arena
for the Coyotes. They have posted a 150-103-38-8 home record since moving from
Winnipeg for the 1996-97 season.
Phoenix is coming off a 3-3 tie with the Edmonton Oilers on Friday night.
Edmonton's Radek Dvorak scored the game-tying goal with 7:46 left in the third
period, to help the Oilers salvage the point.
Daymond Langkow, Ladislav Nagy and Fredrik Sjostrom tallied goals for the
Coyotes, who are 1-0-2 in their last three games. Phoenix has just one loss in
its last eight contests (4-1-3).
Sean Burke made 39 saves to help Phoenix improve to 6-4-2 at home this season.
It was the second straight game that Burke made 39 stops, as he also did so in
Phoenix's 2-1 win over Dallas on Wednesday night.
The Wild are coming off a dramatic victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday
night. Jim Dowd scored the game-winning goal with 24 seconds left to lift
Minnesota over the Sabres, 3-2, at the Xcel Energy Center.
Antti Laaksonen scored the game-tying goal for the Wild with five minutes to
go, as Minnesota improved to 3-2-1 in its last six games. Manny Fernandez made
15 stops in net.
Buffalo went 0-for-3 on the power play, and Wild opponents haven't converted
in their last 28 chances with the man advantage.
Tonight is the first test of a three-game trip for the Wild, who will travel
to Colorado on Wednesday night. Minnesota is 5-6-2 on the road this season.
The Wild have dropped five of their last six games in Phoenix and the home
team is 5-2-1 in the last eight matchups of this series. The Coyotes are 7-3-2
all-time against Minnesota.
12/15 11:28:14 ET