NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Wednesday, November 7th
(All times eastern)
Phoenix Coyotes (5-7-0) at Anaheim Ducks (6-8-2), 10 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Phoenix Coyotes have been a much better team on the
road this season. They hope that trend continues tonight, as the club heads to
Anaheim and the Honda Center to battle the Ducks.
Phoenix is 5-7-0 on the year -- good for last in the Pacific Division -- but
brings a 4-1-0 road mark into tonight's game.
A big reason for that is goaltending. Netminder Alexander Auld is 2-0 with a
1.51 goals-against average in two road games while going 0-4 with a 3.80 GAA
Even better has been Mikael Tellqvist, who is also 2-0 on the road, and has
given up just one goal (0.50 GAA) in opposing arenas. Tellqvist, though, is
1-2 with a 3.36 GAA at home.
Unfortunately, the club was last in action at home on Saturday, and lost to
the Ducks, 5-2. Ed Jovanovski and Radim Vrbata each had a goal and an assist
while Auld allowed four goals on 38 shots for the Coyotes, who had won three
of four coming into the game.
Phoenix will return home to host Dallas tomorrow before playing two straight
in San Jose.
Corey Perry had two goals and an assist for the Ducks against Phoenix, while
Ryan Getzlaf and Mathieu Schneider each had a goal and two assists.
Anaheim was then at home against Dallas on Monday, but was blanked 5-0. Jean-
Sebastien Giguere, who made 30 saves against Phoenix over the weekend, started
the night in goal and allowed four goals on 19 shots. He was replaced by Ilya
Bryzgalov, who saved four of the five shots he saw in third period action.
The defending Stanley Cup champion Ducks have lost five of their last seven
despite winning two in a row coming into the Dallas game.
Anaheim, which is 5-3-1 at home this year, plays the first of three straight
home games tonight. The club will also host San Jose and Los Angeles.
The Coyotes and Ducks have split two meetings so far this season, with each
club winning on the road. Overall, the Ducks have won four of six and 12 of
their past 15 clashes with the Coyotes.
Also, Phoenix's win over the Ducks in Anaheim this year halted a 10-game
series road losing streak.
11/07 10:42:04 ET