NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Monday, March 22nd
(All times eastern)
Phoenix Coyotes (20-31-18-6) at Minnesota Wild (25-27-20-2), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Phoenix Coyotes try once again to end their woes, as
they carry a 15-game winless streak into Minnesota to face the Wild.
On Sunday the Coyotes skated to a 2-2 tie in Chicago, as Blackhawks goaltender
Michael Leighton made nine saves in overtime, including one on a 3-on-0
breakaway, to lead his club.
Dan Cleary and Mike Comrie both scored for the Coyotes, who posted their
second straight tie and fell to 0-8-4-3 in their last 15.
Brian Boucher made 32 saves for Phoenix, which remains winless under interim
head coach Rick Bowness (0-7-3-3).
This is the third-longest stretch without a victory in franchise history for
the Coyotes. When the team was in Winnipeg, it went 19 games without a victory
in 1994-95 and went winless in 30 consecutive contests during the 1980-81
The Coyotes, 0-7-0-1 in their last eight road games, will host Calgary on
Minnesota, meanwhile, didn't capitalize on another chance to play spoiler
Friday, as Jason Blake posted his second career hat trick to lead the New York
Islanders to a 3-1 win over the Wild at Nassau Coliseum.
Andrew Brunette scored for the Wild, who had a seven-game unbeaten streak
snapped (4-0-3). Dwayne Roloson stopped 21 shots.
During its undefeated march, Minny posted wins or ties against the likes of
Boston, Ottawa, Vancouver, San Jose and Los Angeles -- all either headed to or
contending for the playoffs.
Minny, 2-0-1 in its last three home games, will visit Columbus on Wednesday.
The Wild and Coyotes are 1-1-1 against each other this season, and Phoenix is
2-1-1 in the last four meetings overall.
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