NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Thursday, October 20th
(All times eastern)
Phoenix Coyotes (3-4-1) at Vancouver Canucks (5-1-1), 10 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Vancouver Canucks target their fourth consecutive win
this evening when they continue their four-game homestand against the Phoenix
Coyotes at GM Place.
The Canucks latest win came on Tuesday, as Mattias Ohlund scored twice and
Brendan Morrison registered a goal and two assists, as Vancouver defeated the
Chicago Blackhawks, 6-2. Daniel Sedin, Sami Salo and Markus Naslund also
scored for the Canucks, who used three power-play goals to improve to 5-1-1 on
Todd Bertuzzi, who plays on the Canucks' top line along with Naslund and
Morrison, notched three assists in the victory. The trio, which was publicly
challenged earlier in the day by Vancouver coach Marc Crawford, combined for
Goaltender Dan Cloutier allowed two goals on 26 shots in the victory.
Vancouver, which will close its homestand on Saturday against Colorado, is
3-0-0 at home on the season.
Phoenix, meanwhile, is riding its first winning streak under new head coach
Wayne Gretzky following a 4-3 overtime victory over the Edmonton Oilers on
Tuesday at Rexall Place.
Derek Morris scored on the power play a minute into overtime to give the
Coyotes the win. As the Oilers defense backed off the left point, Morris was
able to set up and inch closer to the circle to fire a wrist shot that hit off
goalie Jussi Markkanen and into the net.
Oleg Saprykin scored twice for Phoenix and Curtis Joseph made 27 saves for his
399th career victory, as the Coyotes posted their second straight win.
With a win tonight, Joseph will become the ninth goaltender in NHL history to
reach 400 wins. The 38-year-old netminder ranks third among active goaltenders
in wins behind only Ed Belfour (437) and Martin Brodeur (405).
Phoenix, which is in the midst of a four-game road trip, is 2-3-0 away from
home this season.
Vancouver defeated the Coyotes earlier in the season and could have the
advantage tonight, as the home team in this series is 10-3-3 in the last 16
matchups. The Canucks are also 8-0-2 in their last 10 versus Phoenix, which is
also winless in its last eight in Vancouver (0-7-1).
10/20 10:40:40 ET