NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Wednesday, March 7th
(All times eastern)
Phoenix Coyotes (27-35-3) at Anaheim Ducks (39-17-11), 10 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Anaheim Ducks will attempt to continue a long streak of
home success against the Phoenix Coyotes when the two Pacific Division members
clash this evening at the Honda Center.
The Coyotes have lost in each of their last nine visits to Anaheim, including
three previous trips this season. Phoenix last won as the visitor in this
series on October 12, 2003.
The Ducks have also taken five of the six overall encounters between the clubs
in 2006-07 and are 12-1-1 against the Coyotes since the start of the 2005-06
Anaheim hopes to pad its seven-point advantage over second-place San Jose in
the Pacific standings and will shoot for its fifth victory in six contests
tonight. The Ducks are coming off a hard-fought home win over Nashville on
Sunday, with Teemu Selanne recording the deciding goal during the shootout in
Anaheim's 3-2 decision.
Selanne also scored in regulation for the Ducks, who outshot the Predators by
a whopping 35-14 margin on the evening. Dustin Penner sent the contest into
overtime when he beat Nashville's Tomas Vokoun early in the third period.
Anaheim has won the first two tests of a season-long eight-game homestand and
own a 21-5-7 record at the Honda Center for the year.
Phoenix is languishing near the bottom of the Western Conference standings and
suffered its ninth defeat in its 11 last games with Saturday's 4-3 setback to
Columbus at Jobing.com Arena.
Keith Ballard picked up a goal and an assist for the Coyotes, while Shane Doan
and Jeff Taffe also lit the lamp in the loss. Curtis Joseph finished with 23
saves between the pipes, but the veteran netminder allowed two third-period
goals which put the Blue Jackets ahead to stay.
Phoenix played Saturday's contest without right wing Owen Nolan, who is
expected to miss tonight's tilt as well because of a lingering shoulder
Doan now has seven points (3 goals, 4 assists) during a current five-game
scoring streak. Selanne is also on a five-game tear for Anaheim, with the All-
Star sniper having posted three goals and three helpers over that stretch.
03/07 10:31:33 ET