COYOTES VS. CHICAGO: GAME PREVIEW
|Chicago at Phoenix|
|National TV: OLN; 9:00 PM EST|
GAME: Chicago Blackhawks (17-29-7) at Phoenix Coyotes (27-26-3).
TIME: Tuesday, 9 p.m. EST.
The Phoenix Coyotes and Chicago Blackhawks look for some stability from their goaltenders when the two teams meet at Glendale Arena.
Over the last three games, the Coyotes have allowed 14 goals while the Blackhawks have given up 16. Both teams also have made recent roster moves to try and upgrade the position.
Philippe Sauve, acquired Thursday from the Calgary Flames in a four-player deal, came on in place of starter Curtis Joseph and gave up two goals in the third period of a 6-4 loss to the Minnesota Wild.
"He looked solid and stable," Coyotes coach Wayne Gretzky said. "He looked good in his first game for us."
Geoff Sanderson had his first two-goal game of the season while Mike Comrie had a goal and an assist for the Coyotes.
Comrie has five goals in his last five games for the Coyotes. But Phoenix has been unable to gain ground in the playoff race and is 2-2-1 on its season-high 10-game homestand.
"We will continue to stick together and battle through this and if we continue to battle hard we'll get some results," forward Mike Ricci said. "Points and milestones don't really mean that much. We are in the playoff race and that means a lot more."
Craig Anderson made his debut Saturday with the Blackhawks since being reacquired off waivers from the St. Louis Blues the day before. He gave up three goals on 12 shots faced after replacing rookie Adam Munro midway through the first period in a 6-0 loss to the Nashville Predators.
"Obviously, I want to look at the fact that we did generate some chances. We just didn't finish some of them off," Blackhawks coach Trent Yawney said.
Leading goal scorer Mark Bell has only two goals in his last 12 games.
Chicago has lost eight of its last nine road games, and has been outscored 39-21 in that span.
STANDINGS: Blackhawks - 41 points, 4th place, 36 PB, Central Division. Coyotes - 57 points, 4th place, 20 PB, Pacific Division.
TEAM LEADERS: Blackhawks - Bell, 18 goals; Kyle Calder and Tyler Arnason, 25 assists and 37 points; Matthew Barnaby, 129 PIM. Coyotes - Comrie, 19 goals; Keith Ballard, 24 assists; Shane Doan, 40 points; Sean O'Donnell, 114 PIM.
SPECIAL TEAMS: Blackhawks - Power play: 12.7 percent (36 for 283), 30th in NHL. Penalty killing: 84.1 percent (323 for 384), 10th. Coyotes - Power play: 17.9 percent (68 for 379), 13th. Penalty killing: 81.4 percent (288 for 354), 18th.
GOALTENDERS: Blackhawks - Munro (3-3-2, 1 SO, 2.73 GAA); Anderson (2-8-1, 0, 3.90). Coyotes - Joseph (22-14-1, 2, 2.82); Sauve (3-4-0, 0, 3.41).
SEASON SERIES: Blackhawks, 1-0.
LAST MEETING: Nov. 6; Blackhawks 2-1 (OT). At Chicago, Brent Seabrook scored with 39 seconds to play in overtime and Nikolai Khabibulin made 28 saves. Doan scored and David Leneveu stopped 34 shots for the Coyotes.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Blackhawks - 7-16-4 on the road; Coyotes - 15-12-2 at home.