NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Sunday, February 24th
(All times eastern)
St. Louis Blues (28-23-10) at Phoenix Coyotes (31-26-5), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - A pair of Western Conference teams fighting for playoff
spots will meet tonight in the desert, as the Phoenix Coyotes welcome the St.
Louis Blues to Jobing.com Arena.
The Coyotes have 67 points and are just five points away from the final
postseason spots in the West. St. Louis is just one point in back of Phoenix
and in 12th place in the West.
Phoenix has lost back-to-back games on the heels of a three-game losing streak
as it began a three-game homestand with setbacks to Calgary and Colorado.
After losing 4-1 to the Flames on Tuesday, the Coyotes were handed a close
loss by the visiting Avalanche on Friday. Cody McLeod scored the game-winner
in the 12th round of the shootout, sending Colorado to the 3-2 decision over
The first 10 shooters on both clubs failed to score, then Tyler Arnason for
Colorado and Joel Perreault for Phoenix tallied in the sixth round. John-
Michael Liles and Mike York countered in the eighth series to prolong the
McLeod followed to begin the 12th round by beating Mikael Tellqvist with a
wrister. Keith Yandle could have equalized for the Coyotes, but shot high and
wide to end the game.
Steve Reinprecht and Derek Morris lit the lamp for the Coyotes, while
Tellqvist made 27 saves in the loss.
The Coyotes are just 13-14-3 as the host this year and have lost four of their
last six at home.
The Blues have also lost their last two games and are coming off Friday's
heartbreaking loss in Anaheim. Samuel Pahlsson's goal 32 seconds into overtime
lifted the Ducks to a 2-1 triumph at the Honda Center.
After both teams scored third-period goals to force the sudden death session,
Rob Niedermayer found Pahlsson in the slot with a perfect backhand pass,
allowing Pahlsson to fire a one-timer past Manny Legace for the game-winner.
Legace took the loss despite making 27 saves, as the Blues dropped their
second game in as many nights after losing 5-1 in Los Angeles on Thursday.
Ryan Johnson added the lone goal for the Blues, who managed just 10 shots in
being held scoreless over the first two periods.
St. Louis is just 10-13-5 as the visiting team this season and is wrapping up
a three-game road trip tonight. The Blues have lost three straight, four of
five and nine of their last 11 games away from St. Louis.
Phoenix is 2-0 against the Blues this season and has taken seven of eight and
eight of the last meetings overall. St. Louis has also been defeated in two of
three and five of its previous seven contests in the desert.
02/24 10:58:17 ET