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Tuesday, December 12th (All times eastern)

Phoenix Coyotes (11-17-1) at Vancouver Canucks (14-15-1), 10 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Phoenix Coyotes will try to bounce back from consecutive losses this evening, when they visit the Vancouver Canucks at General Motors Place.

The Coyotes dropped an overtime decision against visiting Dallas on Saturday and were handed a 4-0 setback in San Jose on Monday. Vesa Toskala stopped 23 shots for his third shutout of the season to lead the Sharks to the easy win last night.

Curtis Joseph finished with 30 saves for the Coyotes, who have lost three of their last four games. Phoenix is still last in the Pacific Division with 23 points.

After tonight's test, the Coyotes will begin a four-game homestand Thursday against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Phoenix defenseman Ed Jovanovski will face his former team for the first time tonight after signing with the Coyotes as a free agent.

Meanwhile, the Canucks were in Calgary on Saturday night and were handed a 5-3 loss by the rival Flames. Jarome Iginla and Kristian Huselius each had a goal and an assist to lead the way for Calgary.

Daniel Sedin had a goal and an assist for the Canucks, who have dropped two of their last three.

Roberto Luongo started in net, but was pulled after he let in four goals on 20 shots. Dany Sabourin finished between the pipes and stopped all 13 shots he faced.

Vancouver is last in the Northwest Division with 29 points, but is only five behind Minnesota and Edmonton for the top spot.

Tonight is the beginning of a three-game homestand for the Canucks, who are just 8-7-0 as the host this year.

The Canucks and Coyotes are meeting for the first time this year. Vancouver won three of four matchups in 2005-06 and has been the victor in six of the last seven encounters.

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