By Dave Vest
The Coyotes will try to snap a five-game road winless streak (0-2-3) tonight when they play the Anaheim Ducks at the Honda Center. The puck drops at 8 p.m. (Arizona time).
Phoenix (21-18-7) will enter the game fresh off posting a season-high six goals in a 6-1 win over Colorado on Monday afternoon.
"That was a game as a group that you enjoy, just because we don't usually have those games,” Coyotes caoptain Shane Doan
said. “We don't usually make it easy on ourselves.”
, who made 38 saves in Monday’s win, is expected to be in goal against the Ducks. Smith is 5-1-1 with a 2.29 goals-against average in seven starts versus Anaheim, including two wins earlier this season.
The Coyotes will be looking for forward Radim Vrbata
to continue his recent hot streak. Vrbata has notched six goals and nine points in the past eight games.
"This last little stretch here could be the best I've ever seen 'Vrby' play," Coyotes Head Coach Dave Tippett said on Tuesday. "He has elevated his game now... He’s confident with the puck and he wants the puck. He’s giving himself so many opportunities to score. When you have the puck that much, you’re not just standing around waiting for it to come to you. You go get it or you get in positions to get it."
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Anaheim (15-22-7) is riding a six-game hot streak (5-0-1) that has revived the team’s hopes for making a run at the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
The Ducks have allowed only 11 goals during their point streak including just two vs. Vancouver the last time they played on Sunday.
“We go out there now and we know we can beat (anyone)," goalie Jonas Hiller told the team’s Web site. "You can feel it out there. Something has changed."
Hiller is 7-2-1 with a 2.28 goals-against average at home against the Coyotes.
Forward Corey Perry also fares well vs. Phoenix: he has notched five goals and four assists in a six-game point streak against the Coyotes.