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Sunday, March 19th (All times eastern)

Phoenix Coyotes (30-33-4) at Chicago Blackhawks (21-36-9), 3 p.m.

(Sports Network) - A pair of struggling teams take to the ice this afternoon, as the Phoenix Coyotes visit the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center.

Each of these teams has dropped four of its last five contests and both squads are currently in last place. Phoenix is at the bottom of the Pacific Division and Chicago is tied with St. Louis for the last spot in the Central.

The Coyotes last played on Thursday when they were blanked in Nashville. Tomas Vokoun stopped all 24 shots he faced, as the Predators defeated Phoenix, 2-0, at the Gaylord Entertainment Center.

Curtis Joseph stopped 21-of-23 shots for the Coyotes, who couldn't find the net just two days after putting up six goals in a win over the Los Angeles Kings.

Tonight marks the fourth segment of a five-game road trip for the Coyotes, who are 14-17-1 as the visiting club this season.

Chicago, meanwhile, is coming off Wednesday's setback against the visiting Mighty Ducks of Anaheim. Andy McDonald netted both goals to lead the Ducks to a 2-1 victory.

Kyle Calder scored the lone goal and Nikolai Khabibulin stopped 28 shots for the Blackhawks, who complete a four-game homestand tonight. Chicago is just 12-17-4 on its home ice this season.

Chicago's next game will come Thursday evening in Phoenix, but it isn't a home-and-home series because the Coyotes will play in Columbus on Tuesday.

The Blackhawks are 2-0 against the Coyotes this season and is 3-1-3 (1 loss, 3 ties) over the last seven matchups.

03/19 10:19:33 ET

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