NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Sunday, January 11th
(All times eastern)
Atlanta Thrashers (19-19-3-2) at Phoenix Coyotes (16-12-11-2), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - Phoenix goaltender Brian Boucher tries to keep his amazing
shutout streak intact tonight when the Coyotes host the struggling Atlanta
Thrashers at Glendale Arena.
Brian Boucher set a pair of modern-day NHL records with his fifth-straight
shutout on Friday, as Phoenix cruised to a 2-0 victory over Minnesota at the
Xcel Energy Center.
Boucher made 21 saves to become the first goaltender to post five straight
shutouts since the league introduced the center red line in 1944, snapping
Bill Durnan's mark of four consecutive shutouts with the Montreal Canadiens in
Boucher's shutout streak now stands at 325:45, surpassing the modern-day
record of 309:21 set by Durnan during that same stretch. Alex Connell holds
the all-time NHL records of six consecutive shutouts with a 461:29 scoreless
streak for Ottawa during the 1927-28 season
"It'll end at some point," Boucher said. "I'm not going into games thinking
about shutouts. Winning is the most important thing."
The five-game streak has been a blessing for the Coyotes, who vaulted over Los
Angeles and Dallas for sole possession of second place in the Western
Conference's Pacific Division. They now have 45 points, second only to San
On Friday, Ossi Vaananen and Fredrik Sjostrom scored for the Coyotes, who have
outscored their last five opponents by an 18-0 margin.
The Thrashers hope to solve the Boucher mystery and snap their six-game losing
streak in the process.
Atlanta's latest setback came in San Jose on Saturday night, as Patrick
Marleau and Nicholas Dimitrakos each had a goal and an assist to lead the
Sharks to the 5-2 win.
Shawn McEachern and Ivan Majesky scored for Atlanta, which dropped to 0-5-0-1
in its last six contests.
Phoenix is 7-1 all-time against Atlanta, but the Thrashers' lone win in the
series came on November 23 at Philips Arena. However, the Thrashers have lost
in all four of their trips to Arizona.
01/11 10:59:52 ET