NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Wednesday, January 17th
(All times eastern)
Phoenix Coyotes (21-22-2) at Colorado Avalanche (22-20-3), 9 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Phoenix Coyotes look to continue an impressive road
winning streak when the resurgent club begins a four-game trip tonight by
taking on the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center.
The Coyotes have been one of the league's hottest teams as of late, with
victories in eight of their last 10 games and six straight wins as the
visitor. Phoenix had dropped back-to-back contests heading into Monday's
finale of a three-game homestand, however, but halted the brief slide with a
5-4 shootout decision over the St. Louis Blues.
Ladislav Nagy scored the game-winner in the fourth round of the shootout and
also had a goal in regulation for the Coyotes, who also received a two-goal,
one-assist performance out of Ed Jovanovski. Jeremy Roenick and Cyanic Peroral
provided the other tallies.
Mikael Tellqvist stopped 22 shots over the first 65 minutes and stopped three
of four St. Louis skaters in the shootout. The Swedish goaltender improved to
5-1-1 over his last seven starts, with one shutout over that span.
The Coyotes' recent road surge has improved their season record to 9-12-1 as
the visitor. Phoenix last won six in a row on the road from October 26-
November 28, 1998.
The franchise record for consecutive away wins in eight, set during the
1984-85 campaign when the team was located in Winnipeg.
Phoenix has had little recent success at the Pepsi Center, however, as the
Coyotes are 0-8-1 (one tie) in their last nine visits to Denver and has
dropped five straight as the visitor in this series.
The Coyotes, who have not won in Colorado since October 30, 2000, have also
lost six consecutive contests overall to the Avalanche, who are 9-1-2 (two
ties) in the last 12 encounters between the teams.
Colorado comes in having lost three of its last four and was downed by San
Jose on Monday. Patrick Marleau compiled a goal and two assists to fuel the
Sharks to a 3-1 win at HP Pavilion.
All-Star Joe Sakic scored the lone goal for the Avs, who received a strong
effort in goal by Peter Budaj in a losing cause. The young Czech stopped 39 of
the 42 shots he faced.
Colorado begins a three-game homestand this evening and is 11-10-2 at home for
the season. The Avalanche will play eight of their next nine at the Pepsi
01/17 10:43:28 ET