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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 Center.

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 this season.

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


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