NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Tuesday, January 9th
(All times eastern)
Phoenix Coyotes (19-20-2) at Dallas Stars (26-16-1), 8:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Phoenix Coyotes look to extend their best streak in
nearly five years when the resurgent club visits the Dallas Stars tonight at
the American Airlines Center.
Phoenix has won six consecutive games for the first time since March 3-15,
2002 and have been invincible during this current road trip. The Coyotes have
won all four contests thus far on the trek, including Sunday's 4-2 decision
Former Blackhawk Jeremy Roenick had a goal and an assist for the Coyotes, who
also received 32 saves in net from Mikael Tellqvist. Phoenix prevailed despite
being outshot by a 34-17 margin on the night.
The Coyotes have won five straight on the road overall and are now 8-12-1 as
the visitor this season. The club will be shooting for its first seven-game
win streak since it ripped off eight in a row from November 16-December 2,
Phoenix has dropped five straight and seven of its last eight against Dallas,
however, including all four meetings so far this season. The Stars posted
shutouts in the first three contests between the clubs in 2006-07.
The Coyotes haven't fared badly in the Lone Star State in recent years,
though, having split its last six matchups with the Stars in Dallas.
Phoenix will also attempt to win six consecutive road games for the first time
since October 26-November 28, 1998.
Dallas comes in having lost three of four and wrapped up a three-game away
trip with Saturday's 4-2 defeat at Calgary. The Flames' Dustin Boyd snapped a
2-2 tie by netting his first career goal with just 2:17 left to play.
Darryl Sydor and Jere Lehtinen had the goals for the Stars, who went 1-1-1 on
the trek, and Loui Eriksson assisted on both markers. Marty Turco had a rough
outing between the pipes, letting in three goals on only 20 shots.
Dallas starts up a four-game homestand this evening and is a strong 13-6-0 at
American Airlines Arena on the year.
01/09 10:37:47 ET