DUCKS (33-8-5) at COYOTES (21-13-9)
Season series: This is the fifth and final game of the season between the Anaheim Ducks and Phoenix Coyotes. The Ducks are going for the sweep, having outscored the Coyotes 15-8 in their four wins. Phoenix has two points via losses in a shootout on Oct. 18 and overtime on Dec. 28.
Big story: As the Ducks aim for a sixth consecutive win, the Coyotes are hoping to draw back into the top eight in the Western Conference standings. They trail the Minnesota Wild by two points for the second wild-card berth, but have three games in hand. The Wild host the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday.
Coyotes: This is the finale of a six-game homestand for Phoenix, which is hoping to salvage a split. The Coyotes also are looking to bounce back from a tough 4-1 loss to the Wild on Thursday. With the opportunity to take over eighth in the West by themselves, they were done in by a three-goal third period for Minnesota.
"'Smitty' needs some work on his game and (Sean Burke) wanted to work with him for a couple days," Head Coach Dave Tippett said after today's morning skate. "Greiss has played very well lately so we're going with him tonight and see if we can get a win."
Greiss is 6-2-1 this season and has won three of his past four starts since Dec. 10.
Forward Mikkel Boedker, who is riding a career-high three-game goal streak, will play in his 300th career NHL game tonight. The 24-year-old already has established a career high in goals (14) and points (30) this season. He will enter the game leading the team in goals and ranks third in scoring.
Center Kyle Chipchura, who missed Thursday's game because of a lower-body injury, took part in the morning skate and likely will return to the lineup.
Defenseman Derek Morris said the Coyotes are looking forward to the challenge of playing one of the NHL's elite teams on home ice.
"Their top line is probably the best line in hockey," Morris said. "...They're just a deep all-around team so you've got to find a way to minimize mistakes."
Ducks: An 18-0-2 home record has been earning Anaheim plenty of attention, but it hasn't mattered where the Ducks have played their hockey of late as they picked up their NHL-leading 15th road win Thursday by rallying for a 4-3 victory against the Nashville Predators.
Goalie Jonas Hiller got the night off as Frederik Andersen improved to 10-2-0 with a 23-save effort. Andersen was assigned to Norfolk of the American Hockey League on Friday and John Gibson was called up. Hiller is on a 12-game winning streak and has lost twice in regulation since Oct. 24. Teemu Selanne, who began his career playing for the Coyotes' predecessor, the Winnipeg Jets, scored the 109th game-winning goal of his career against the Predators.
"When you don't get as many chances as you are used to in your career, when those chances come you have to take advantage of them," Selanne said.
Hiller has been in goal for all 246 minutes the teams have played, posting a 1.95 goals-against average and .937 save percentage.
Who's hot: Boedker has goals in three straight games for the Coyotes and his 14 this season are a career high... Matt Beleskey assisted on both of Ryan Getzlaf's goals Thursday and now has a five-game point streak (two goals, five assists) for the Ducks. Corey Perry scored a goal for the third straight game on Thursday. His 25 for the season ranks second in the League.
Injury report: Coyotes defenseman Zbynek Michalek (lower body) is on injured reserve... Anaheim forward Dustin Penner (upper body) was out of the lineup Thursday. Goalie Viktor Fasth (lower body) and defensemen Bryan Allen (lower body), Luca Sbisa (wrist) and Sheldon Souray (wrist) are on injured reserve.
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