NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, February 3rd
(All times eastern)
Minnesota Wild (28-21-4) at Phoenix Coyotes (24-26-2), 9 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Minnesota Wild aim for their third consecutive victory
tonight, when they visit the Phoenix Coyotes at Jobing.com Arena.
The Wild have won the last two games of their five-game road trip, picking up
wins in St. Louis and Colorado. Minnesota is 2-1 so far on the trek, but just
10-16-1 as the guest this year.
The latest victory came Thursday against the Avalanche, as Marian Gaborik
scored two goals, including the game-winner, in the 5-3 triumph at the Pepsi
Gaborik, who also had an assist, took a feed from Kim Johnsson just above the
right circle, and used a wrister from 46 feet out to beat Peter Budaj with
4:34 to play.
Mikko Koivu tallied twice, including an empty netter in the final minute, and
Pierre-Marc Bouchard rounded out the scoring for the Wild, who have won three
of their last four contests. Pavol Demitra finished with two assists.
Netminder Niklas Backstrom turned aside 27 shots in the win. Backstrom was in
for the injured Manny Fernandez, who is also doubtful for tonight's game with
a sprained left knee.
The Wild have 60 points and are two behind Calgary and Vancouver for the
Northwest Division lead.
Meanwhile, the Coyotes snapped a two-game losing streak with Thursday's win
over visiting Nashville. Yanic Perreault's 18th goal of the season was the
difference, as Phoenix slipped past the visiting Predators, 3-2.
Jeremy Roenick posted a goal and an assist for the Coyotes, who won for the
third time in their last five games. Shane Doan also tallied and Curtis Joseph
made 28 saves to post his 13th win of the season.
The Coyotes are wrapping up a mini two-game homestand tonight and are 13-11-1
in Glendale this year.
Phoenix and Minnesota have split a pair of meetings this year with each team
winning on its home ice. The Wild are 3-7-1 (7 losses, 1 tie) in 11 all-time
trips to Arizona.
02/03 11:31:09 ET