NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Thursday, March 13th
(All times eastern)
Vancouver Canucks (35-25-10) at Phoenix Coyotes (35-30-5), 10 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Vancouver Canucks will try to get back in the win
column tonight, when they visit the Phoenix Coyotes for a battle at Jobing.com
The Canucks had a three-game winning streak halted Wednesday night in Anaheim.
Vancouver missed an opportunity to draw even for the Northeast Division lead,
but is still only two points out of the top spot.
Calgary and Colorado are tied for first place in the Northeast with 82 points
apiece and Minnesota is third with 81 points. The Canucks are also holding
onto the eighth and final playoff seed in the West with 80 points.
Travis Moen registered a goal and an assist as the Ducks breezed to a 4-1 win
over the Canucks at the Honda Center.
Mason Raymond lit the lamp for the Canucks and Roberto Luongo allowed four
goals on 19 shots before he was lifted in favor of Curtis Sanford, who
finished the game with 12 saves.
Vancouver is 16-14-5 as the visiting team this year and has dropped three of
its last four on the road.
The Coyotes ended a two-game losing streak Tuesday with a victory over
visiting Anaheim. Radim Vrbata scored the lone goal of the shootout as Phoenix
downed the Ducks, 3-2.
In the second round of the shootout, Vrbata skated in on net and lifted a
backhander into the left corner. Chris Pronger had the last chance for
Anaheim, but his slap shot went over the right side of the net as the Coyotes
held on for the win.
Shane Doan and Keith Yandle each had a goal for the Coyotes, who had dropped
three of four coming in. Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 35 shots in the win.
Tonight marks the fourth of five straight games at home for Phoenix, which is
just 15-17-3 as the hosts this season. The Coyotes have dropped five of their
last seven at Jobing.com Arena.
Vancouver and the Coyotes have split a pair of meetings this year, with both
teams winning on the opposition's ice. The Canucks have taken five of the last
seven overall encounters in the series and have also taken three of their last
four at Phoenix.
03/13 10:59:34 ET