NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Sunday, January 13th
(All times eastern)
Phoenix Coyotes (23-19-1) at Minnesota Wild (25-17-2), 6 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Phoenix Coyotes will aim for their seventh win in eight
games when they visit the Minnesota Wild for today's contest at Xcel Energy
The Coyotes' latest victory was impressive as they defeated the Vancouver
Canucks, 4-3, Friday at General Motors Place. It was the first time any club
had defeated Vancouver in regulation at home since November 1, when Nashville
posted a 3-0 decision.
Niko Kapanen's third-period goal proved to be the game-winner, as the Coyotes
also snapped their own 11-game winless streak at GM Place. Phoenix had not won
in Vancouver since October 21, 2000.
Peter Mueller, Ed Jovanovski and Keith Yandle also scored for Phoenix, while
Ilya Bryzgalov finished with 17 saves.
The Coyotes are currently outside the Western Conference playoff picture with
47 points on the year. St. Louis and Colorado hold the last postseason berths
with 49 points apiece.
Tonight marks the end of a four-game road trip for the Coyotes, who are an
impressive 15-9-0 as the visiting team this year.
The Wild have won back-to-back games and are coming off Friday's triumph in
Chicago. Marian Gaborik scored a pair of goals to help the Wild post a 5-2 win
at the United Center and hand the Blackhawks their eighth straight loss.
Pierre-Marc Bouchard, Mark Parrish and Matt Foy also lit the lamp for
Minnesota, which wrapped up a four-game road trip with a 2-2-0 record.
Eric Belanger added two helpers and Josh Harding stopped 41-of-43 shots to
earn the win.
Parrish has registered a point in eight straight games and has six goals and
three assists during the run. He has 13 goals and nine helpers in 41 games
The Wild are opening a three-game homestand today and are 14-7-0 as the host
club this year. Minnesota, which will next host Calgary on Wednesday, has won
four of its last six tests on home ice.
Minnesota is 3-0 against the Coyotes this season and has taken six straight
and eight of the last nine contests in the series. Phoenix has also dropped
four in a row in St. Paul and hasn't posted a road win against the Wild since
November 8, 2005.
01/13 10:35:56 ET