NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Sunday, March 21st
(All times eastern)
Phoenix Coyotes (20-31-17-6) at Chicago Blackhawks (20-38-9-6), 3 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Phoenix Coyotes try to end a 14-game winless slide
tonight when they visit the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center.
On Thursday the Coyotes did manage a tie to end a five-game losing streak
(0-4-0-1), as Brian Boucher made a career-high 46 saves, including 25 in the
third period and overtime to help the team to a 1-1 deadlock with Detroit at
Erik Westrum scored for the Coyotes, who fell to 0-8-3-3 during their current
slide. Phoenix again failed to pick up its first victory under interim head
coach Rick Bowness (0-7-2-3).
Phoenix's 14-game winless streak is the third-longest in franchise history.
When the team was in Winnipeg, it went 19 games without a win in 1994-95 and
went winless in 30 consecutive contests during the 1980-81 season.
The Coyotes, 0-7-0-1 in its last eight road tilts, will visit Minnesota on
Chicago, meanwhile, is coming off a Friday's win over visiting Vancouver.
Tyler Arnason scored 1:44 into overtime to post his second career hat trick
and give the Hawks a 4-3 decision at the United Center.
Arnason has seven goals and seven assists in nine games this month, and leads
the team with 50 points overall (20g, 30a).
Jim Vandermeer also scored for the Blackhawks, who snapped a seven-game home
winless streak (0-5-1-1) and a two-game skid overall.
Michael Leighton made 32 saves for Chicago, which won for just the second time
in its last 11 (2-6-2-1) despite squandering a 3-1 lead.
The Blackhawks will visit Colorado on Tuesday.
Chicago and Phoenix have skated to a pair of 2-2 ties this season, and the
road team is 5-1-3 in the last nine meetings.
03/21 10:06:51 ET