NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Sunday, December 11th
(All times eastern)
Phoenix Coyotes (15-12-2) at Boston Bruins (10-15-5), 5 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Phoenix Coyotes try to continue their best stretch of
the season today when they visit the Boston Bruins at the TD Banknorth Garden.
Phoenix has won its last two games, and four of the last five. Last Monday,
Mike Johnson had two goals and an assist, as the Coyotes scored four times in
the third period to beat the Atlanta Thrashers, 5-2, at Glendale Arena.
Mike Comrie had a goal and two assists and Paul Mara and Boyd Devereaux scored
for the Coyotes. Goaltender Curtis Joseph made 27 saves in the victory.
Joseph improved to 13-7 with a 2.21 goals-against average and .928 save
percentage in 21 starts this season.
Should Phoenix pull out a win today, it would mark the team's longest winning
streak of the campaign.
The Coyotes, who are 6-7-1 on the road, will visit Montreal on Tuesday to
complete a brief two-game road trip.
Boston, meanwhile, has lost its last two games. On Wednesday the new-look
Bruins dropped a 4-1 tilt in Colorado to complete a three-game trip.
Goaltender Vitaly Kolesnik made 20 saves in his NHL debut to lead the Avs.
Marco Sturm scored the lone goal for the Bruins, who have dropped five of
their last seven games overall. Goaltender Andrew Raycroft allowed four goals
on 27 shots in defeat.
Sturm continued his solid play following his acquisition from San Jose as part
of the Joe Thornton trade. He has three goals and one assist in four games
since the deal.
On the injury front, the Bruins will be without defenseman Nick Boynton until
at least mid January due to a fractured left kneecap suffered last Sunday
Boston, which is 5-6-1 at home, will visit Minnesota on Thursday.
The Bruins are 3-1-2 in the last six meetings with the Coyotes. Phoenix is
0-5-1 in its last six trips to Beantown.
The home team is 8-0-2 in the last 10 clashes between these clubs.
12/11 10:30:41 ET