NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Thursday, December 14th
(All times eastern)
Columbus Blue Jackets (11-16-2) at Phoenix Coyotes (11-18-1), 9 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Columbus Blue Jackets will try to match a franchise
record with their sixth straight victory this evening, as they visit the
Phoenix Coyotes at Jobing.com Arena.
The Blue Jackets won their fifth in a row Tuesday evening with a triumph in
Dallas. Fredrik Norrena made 25 saves to lead Columbus to the 3-1 win at
American Airlines Center.
David Vyborny, Dan Fritsche and Jason Chimera scored for the Blue Jackets, and
Anson Carter notched two assists in the winning effort.
The Blue Jackets improved to 6-3-0 since Ken Hitchcock took over for fired
head coach Gerard Gallant late last month. Tuesday's win over the Stars was
special for Hitchcock, who coached in Dallas from 1996-2002 and won the
Stanley Cup with the club in 1999.
Columbus set the franchise mark for consecutive wins from March 24-April 3 of
Meanwhile, the Coyotes have dropped three straight contests, including
Tuesday's setback in Vancouver. Daniel and Henrik Sedin picked up two points
apiece to lead the Canucks to the 5-2 decision at General Motors Place.
Oleg Saprykin and Dave Scatchard scored for the Coyotes, who have dropped four
of their last five games and are still last in the Pacific Division. Ed
Jovanovski registered an assist in his return to Vancouver, where he coached
from 1999 through last 2006 before signing with Phoenix in the off-season.
Mikael Tellqvist was tagged with the loss, stopping 14-of-18 shots in the
first and third periods. Curtis Joseph, who replaced Tellqvist, made 12 saves
in the second period.
The Blue Jackets pounded the Coyotes, 5-1, in Columbus on October 9 and have
won three of the last four meetings.
12/14 10:25:35 ET