NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Friday, March 26th
(All times eastern)
San Jose Sharks (39-20-12-6) at Phoenix Coyotes (21-32-18-6), 9 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The surging San Jose Sharks try to keep their hot streak
going tonight when they visit the Phoenix Coyotes at Glendale Arena.
The Sharks have 96 points and hold a three-point lead over Dallas for first
place in the Pacific Division. San Jose is also five behind Detroit for the
top spot in the Western Conference.
On Thursday, Vincent Damphousse scored with 24 seconds remaining in regulation
to help San Jose erase a late Calgary rally and pull out a dramatic 3-2
victory over the Flames at HP Pavilion.
Nils Ekman and Mike Ricci also scored for San Jose, which has won four of its
last five and has just one setback in its last seven games (5-1-1).
The Sharks, unbeaten in their last three road contests, return home for
Sunday's game against the Dallas Stars.
Phoenix, meanwhile, was handed a 4-0 setback by the Calgary Flames on
Wednesday evening. Craig Conroy and Jarome Iginla each tallied a goal and an
assist and Roman Turek stopped all 22 shots he faced for the Flames.
Brent Johnson surrendered four goals on 31 shots for Phoenix, which fell to
1-9-4-3 in its last 17 games.
The Coyotes also dropped to 0-6-3-2 in their last 11 home games.
Phoenix completes a two-game homestand tonight and will begin a three-game
road trip Sunday in Edmonton.
This is the final meeting of the season between these division rivals. San
Jose is 3-1-1 against the Coyotes this year and 7-4-2 in the last 13 matchups.
San Jose has won two straight and four of its last six games in Phoenix.
However, tonight's game will be just the Sharks' second-ever at Glendale
Arena, which opened in late December.
03/26 10:09:52 ET