NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Tuesday, January 15th
(All times eastern)
San Jose Sharks (25-12-7) at Phoenix Coyotes (23-20-1), 9:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Sharks decided to sit Evgeni Nabokov for the first time
this season and may now be regretting that decision as it resulted in a loss.
San Jose will try to rebound tonight, as it heads to Phoenix and Jobing.com
Arena to battle the Coyotes.
Nabokov (25-12-6, 1.99 goals-against average) started San Jose's first 43
games this season, but was given the day off on Sunday. Instead, Thomas Greiss
made his NHL debut and allowed four goals on 29 shots as San Jose lost in
overtime, 4-3, against the Anaheim Ducks.
The setback halted San Jose's franchise-record 10-game road winning streak.
That was tied for the second-longest single-season road winning streak in NHL
Jeremy Roenick, Torrey Mitchell, and Milan Michalek scored while Joe Thornton
had two assists for the Sharks, who had a three-game win streak broken.
Thornton has seven helpers over his last three games and is second in the
league with 40 assists this season.
San Jose, though, hasn't lost in regulation in its last nine games (7-0-2),
one shy of the franchise best 10-game run set twice in team history.
The Sharks are also now 12-0-2 in their last 14 games as the visiting club, a
franchise best. San Jose hasn't lost in regulation as the road team since
October 27 in Columbus.
The Sharks, who lead the Pacific Division by two points over Dallas, plays the
second of back-to-back road games tonight and are 16-3-3 as the visiting club
Phoenix begins a five-game homestand tonight after splitting a four-game road
trip (2-2-0). The Coyotes ended the trek on a down note, falling to Minnesota,
4-1, on Sunday.
Shane Doan scored for the Coyotes, who lost for just the second time in eight
games. Ilya Bryzgalov made 30 stops in the loss. Doan has two goals and four
assists over a five-game point streak.
Doan actually has at least a point in each of the last seven games he has
played in, but he missed the team's game on January 3, resulting in the
current five-game run. He has three goals and eight assists over his last
seven tests, and his career high point streak is seven games, set last season.
The Coyotes are 8-10-1 as the home team this year. The club will also host
Columbus, Chicago, Buffalo and Nashville on its current residency.
San Jose won its first four games against Phoenix this year before the Coyotes
posted a 3-2 shootout win in San Jose on December 20. That victory for Phoenix
halted an eight-game series losing streak to the Sharks, who have still won 11
of the last 14 in the series.
The Sharks have won four straight and seven of their last eight trips to
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