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Ottawa Senators vs. Phoenix Coyotes
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By Dave Vest
The Coyotes will put their most recent three-game winning streak on the line tonight when they host the Ottawa Senators at Arena. The puck drops at 8 p.m. (Arizona time).

Phoenix (16-11-1) has outscored opponents 10-5 during the streak. Intelligent forechecking, penalty killing and solid goaltending by Ilya Bryzgalov all have played keyed roles in the victories.

Head Coach Dave Tippett has spoken all season about how the Coyotes must score goals "by committee."  That was the case Thursday when Taylor Pyatt and Petr Prucha each ended lenghty goal droughts in a 2-1 victory over Calgary.

Pyatt wowed Tippett with strong play in the corners and along the boards. Tippett called Pyatt's performance his best game of the season.

"Now he has to go out and try to better that game," Tippett said. "And if he does that, he'll be a regularly contributing player for us, and that's what we need."

Regarding the Senators, Tippett said: "They're a different team than they've been in the past with a new coach there, but they're a solid team that plays the game pretty quick."

Coyotes defenseman Ed Jovanovski, who has played just one full game since suffering a lower-body injury on Nov. 5, skated Saturday morning and is hoping to play tonight. He will skate with his teammates during warmups, then decide if he can play.

The Senators (13-9-4) are 0-2-1 on a five-game trip and have lost six consecutive road games overall.

Goaltender Brian Elliott is 2-3-1 with a 3.13 goals-against average since inheriting the starting job from Pascal Leclaire, who is nursing an injured cheekbone.

"Brian's fighting the puck right now," Senators Head Coach Cory Clouston told reporters after Thursday's 6-3 loss at Los Angeles. "He's having some adversity, or whatever you want to call it, but he's got to find a way to battle through it."
Over the past four games, Coyotes goalie Ilya Bryzgalov has posted a 1.75 goals-against average and a .939 save percentage having stopped 108 of 115 shots.
Senators left wing Milan Michalek, the sixth overall pick of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, has notched four goals and an assist in the past three games.
  • The Coyotes rarely play the Senators and when they do they usually lose. Ottawa has won the last five matchups and owns an 11-4-1 mark against the franchise since it moved to Phoenix from Winnipeg in 1996. The Coyotes last beat Ottawa on March 9, 2002.

  • Coyotes defenseman Zbynek Michalek is the older brother of Senators forward Milan Michalek. Tonight's game will be the first time the Michaleks have faced each other since Milan was traded to Ottawa from San Jose during the off-season.

  • With a game on Sunday at Anaheim looming, don't be surprised if the Senators give backup goalie Mike Brodeur his first NHL start tonight. Brodeur is a distant relative of Martin Brodeur.

"It's going to be a hard game. We know they have a good team and a hard-working team."

Martin Hanzal

Dave King

  Shean Donovan
  Pascal Leclaire
  Alex Picard
  Chris Neil
  Kurt Sauer
2009-2010 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Dec 05 '09 OTT 2 at PHX 3 P. Prucha
D. Alfredsson2791726+1812
M. Fisher25121123+51364
M. Michalek2715520-4852
J. Spezza2521315-5811
A. Kovalev244913-41400
C. Kelly273912-12001
A. Picard2521012+31410
F. Kuba1911011-11010
J. Ruutu274610-15201
N. Foligno26549+63011
C. Phillips27369+52300
J. Cheechoo27347-61200
C. Campoli25167-1610
C. Neil22415+37600
P. Regin21325+6600
M. Carkner27235+37400
A. Volchenkov13145+2800
J. Winchester11145+1700
R. Shannon19055-4600
E. Karlsson13044-7800
B. Lee13213-1600
S. Donovan12123+0500
R. Keller4000-1000
P. Leclaire168-5-1414162.71.901
B. Elliott135-5-3373503.03.894
S. Doan2971118-81541
R. Lang2961016-21020
M. Lombardi2551116-31830
R. Vrbata297714+3822
E. Jovanovski196814+11232
A. Aucoin2941014-22402
S. Upshall277512+13001
V. Fiddler293912+61000
K. Yandle294711+22531
D. Winnik292810+7201
M. Hanzal28369-44310
P. Prucha28437+0811
Z. Michalek20257+6810
J. Vandermeer28336+43601
T. Pyatt22325+71001
D. Schlemko14145+3800
S. Lepisto26055-62400
P. Mueller24134-4401
L. Korpikoski20202+0201
M. Boedker10022+1000
S. Heshka8022+0400
P. Bissonnette17101+05600
K. Porter2000+1000
K. Sauer1000+1000
I. Bryzgalov2516-8-1516532.07.922
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