NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Friday, November 3rd
(All times eastern)
Phoenix Coyotes (3-9-0) at Anaheim Ducks (9-0-4), 10 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Anaheim Ducks will try to get back on the winning track
this evening when they welcome the Phoenix Coyotes to the Honda Center.
The Ducks are 9-0-4 this season and are one of two teams (Buffalo) in the NHL
to have not yet suffered a regulation loss.
Anaheim is the first team to record at least one point in the first 13 games
of a season since the 1994-95 Pittsburgh Penguins. The Oilers hold the NHL
record with a stretch of 15 straight games with a point to begin the 1984-85
However, Anaheim was handed an overtime loss this Wednesday by the visiting
New York Rangers. Jaromir Jagr scored the game-winning goal with 1:51 left in
overtime as the Blueshirts edged the Ducks, 4-3.
With 2:10 remaining in the overtime period, Francois Beauchemin was whistled
for roughing after punching Rangers defenseman Aaron Ward in the face
repeatedly in front of the New York net. The Rangers wasted no time in taking
advantage of the penalty, as Jagr beat Jean-Sebasatien Giguere top shelf just
19 seconds later to give New York the victory.
Teemu Selanne scored a goal for the Ducks, ending a personal 10-game scoring
drought. Chris Pronger and Ryan Getzlaf also tallied goals for Anaheim, which
had won six of its previous seven games.
Tonight is the middle test of a three-game homestand for the Ducks, who are
5-0-3 at the Honda Center this year.
The Coyotes haven't played since last Saturday when they were handed a 7-3
pounding by the Rangers. Jaromir Jagr tallied a goal and added three assists
to lead New York.
David LeNeveu started in net for the Coyotes, allowing all seven goals on 35
shots. The rookie was coming off a 6-2 win in his first start of the season
against Edmonton earlier in the week.
The Coyotes have dropped five of their last six games.
The Ducks and Coyotes met earlier this year in Phoenix and Anaheim earned a
2-1 victory. The Ducks dominated the series in 2005-06, winning seven of the
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