NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, October 6th
(All times eastern)
Boston Bruins (0-1-0) at Phoenix Coyotes (1-0-0), 10 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Phoenix Coyotes hope to begin their season with
consecutive victories when they welcome the Boston Bruins for tonight's
matchup at Jobing.com Arena.
The Coyotes are coming off a victory in their opening game of the season, as
they edged the visiting St. Louis Blues on Thursday. Mikael Tellqvist made 22
saves and Daniel Winnik's first NHL goal was the game-winner, as Phoenix
downed the Blues, 3-2.
Keith Ballard and Mike York scored for the Coyotes, who sported the worst
record in the Western Conference a year ago, but hope to change that this year
with a quick start to the season.
Phoenix was without defenseman Zbynek Michalek, who broke his hand in practice
on Wednesday and is expected to miss the first four-to-six weeks of the
The Coyotes play five of their first seven games of the season at Jobing.com
Arena, where they were just 18-20-3 last season. Phoenix will begin a brief
two-game road trip Wednesday in Columbus.
Phoenix hasn't gone 2-0 to start a season since 2003-04, when it won the first
three tests of the campaign.
Meanwhile, the Bruins continue their season-opening five-game road trip
tonight. Boston began its 2007-08 schedule Friday in Dallas and was handed a
4-1 setback as Sergei Zubov and Brenden Morrow each notched a goal and an
Patrice Bergeron scored the lone goal for the Bruins, who played their first
game under new head coach Claude Julien.
Manny Fernandez had a rough debut in a Boston uniform, allowing four goals on
18 shots. Fernandez was acquired in a trade with the Minnesota Wild in the
The Bruins will wrap up their swing with games in Anaheim, Los Angeles and San
Tonight's game marks the first matchup between the Bruins and Coyotes since
December 11, 2005. The Coyotes have two wins and a tie in the last three
meetings with Boston and the Bruins are 1-4-1 (1 win, 4 losses, 1 tie) in six
all-time games in Phoenix.
10/06 10:58:23 ET