NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Tuesday, February 13th
(All times eastern)
Phoenix Coyotes (25-29-2) at Tampa Bay Lightning (31-24-2), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Phoenix Coyotes conclude a four-game road trip this
evening, when they travel to Tampa Bay and the St. Pete Times Forum to battle
The Coyotes won the opener of their trek against Columbus, but have since
dropped games to Detroit and Florida. On Saturday, Olli Jokinen's goal and
assist helped the Panthers defeat the Coyotes, 5-2.
Fredrik Sjostrom and Keith Ballard scored for the Coyotes, who have lost three
of four overall. Curtis Joseph took the loss despite making 25 saves and
Mikael Tellqvist stopped eight of nine shots in a relief effort.
Center Yanic Perreault did not play against Florida because of a shoulder
injury and is probable for tonight's game.
Phoenix is 12-17-1 on the road this year and will return home on Thursday to
The club will be without its leading scorer, however, as the Coyotes dealt
left wing Ladislav Nagy to the Dallas Stars on Monday for a first-round pick
in the 2007 draft and left wing Mathias Tjarnqvist.
Nagy had eight goals and a team-high 33 assists along with 48 penalty minutes
in 55 games with the Coyotes this season. His 41 points also led the team. In
six seasons with Phoenix, Nagy registered 92 goals and 157 assists in 321
games. He is set to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason.
Tjarnqvist, 27, registered one goal and three assists in 18 games played with
Dallas this season. His status for the game is unknown.
The Lightning, meanwhile, will play the first of two straight home games and
three of their next four tests will be at St. Pete Times Forum.
Tampa Bay comes into the contest as winners in five of their last six after
besting New Jersey 4-1 on Sunday. Vincent Lecavalier tied a career high with
his 35th goal of the season and also donated two assists in the win.
Dan Boyle, Nick Tarnasky and Vaclav Prospal all scored and Johan Holmqvist
made 21 saves for Tampa Bay, which avoided posting consecutive losses for the
first time since December 26-28.
Tampa Bay is 14-13-0 as the host this season and is just five points behind
Atlanta for the lead in the Southeast Division.
The two teams will be playing in Tampa Bay for the first time since October of
2003. The Lightning have dominated the series as of late, winning the last
five meetings overall and seven of the last 11.
The Phoenix franchise has lost five of its last seven on the road, dating back
to its time in Winnipeg.
02/13 10:34:54 ET