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Friday, November 24th (All times eastern)

Phoenix Coyotes (7-14-0) at Minnesota Wild (12-8-1), 2 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Minnesota Wild try to end a three-game slide today when they welcome the Phoenix Coyotes to Xcel Energy Center.

The Wild are 1-4-1 in their last six games overall, including a 4-2 tilt in Montreal. Alex Kovalev tallied a goal and an assist to help spark the Canadiens.

Stephane Veilleux and Pascal Dupuis scored in the loss for Minnesota, while Kim Johnsson chipped in two assists.

Goaltender Niklas Backstrom stopped 31 shots in defeat.

The Wild are currently tied with Edmonton for first in the Northwest Division at 25 points.

Minnesota, which is 8-1-1 on home ice, will visit Columbus on Saturday.

Phoenix, meanwhile, ended a two-game skid on Wednesday, defeating New Jersey, 3-1, at Arena.

Dave Scatchard scored the go-ahead goal and added an assist to spark the Coyotes to the win. Derek Morris and Owen Nolan also scored while Curtis Joseph stopped 14 of the 15 shots he faced.

Phoenix has now won three of its last five games overall.

The Coyotes, who are a horrible 1-8-0 on the road, will visit St. Louis on Saturday.

Phoenix edged Minny, 4-3, on November 14 in Glendale and is 5-2-1 (1 tie) in the last eight meetings.

11/24 10:24:05 ET

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