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Vancouver Canucks vs. Phoenix Coyotes

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By Dave Vest
The Coyotes will conclude a five-game homestand tonight with a game against the Vancouver Canucks at Arena. The puck drops at 8 p.m. (Arizona time).

Phoenix (39-22-5) will enter the game in fourth place in the Western Conference standings and with a two-game winning streak. In those victories, the Coyotes outscored Colorado and Anaheim 7-1.

Ilya Bryzgalov, who set a franchise mark by winning his 34th game of the season on Saturday, is expected to be back in goal tonight for Phoenix. Next up for Bryzgalov is the team’s record for shutouts in a season, which is held by Nikolai Khabibulin, who posted eight in 1998-99. Bryzgalov has seven.

Center Robert Lang likely will miss his second consecutive game because of a lower-body injury. Lang, who ranks tied for eighth on the team with 29 points, hasn’t practiced with teammates all week.

The Coyotes last played the Canucks on Jan. 7 and lost 4-0 at General Motors Place.

“They’re going to get their opportunities (to score) but it was the second and third ones that beat us last game against them,” Coyotes defenseman Ed Jovanovski said. “Overall, I think it’s a huge game for us. We head out on the road for four games so (it would be) nice to get a win before we head out.”

Vancouver (41-23-2) has won four of the five games it has played – all on the road – since the Olympics ended, including a come-from-behind 6-4 victory over Colorado on Tuesday night.

The Canucks were behind, 4-3, after two periods vs. the Avs but rallied to win for the 10th time in a game they trailed after 40 minutes.

“They have some people that can turn a game around very quickly,” Coyotes Head Coach Dave Tippett said. “...If you’re going into it with a thought process of not having to play 60 minutes to win (against them) you’d be totally wrong.”

Goalie Roberto Luongo started Tuesday’s game and allowed three goals on 10 shots in the first period. If Canucks Head Coach Alain Vigneault elects to rest Luongo tonight, the Coyotes will face Andrew Raycroft (7-4-0, 2.32 goals-against average).

Coyotes goalie Ilya Bryzgalov has stopped 55 of the 56 shots he has faced in the past two games, including all 32 he faced on Saturday vs. Anaheim.
Canucks right wing Mikael Samuelsson has scored six goals in the past four games, including three even-strength goals in the second period on Tuesday vs. Colorado.
  • Forward Wojtek Wolski will look to extend his point streak to three games as a member of the Coyotes. Wolski, playing on the top line with Shane Doan and Matthew Lombardi, has notched two goals and an assist since joining Phoenix via trade on March 3.

  • This is the final game of a 14-game road trip for the Canucks, who were temporarily displaced from General Motors Place so it could host Olympic games. The Canucks have won eight of the first 13 games on this trip.

  • Tonight's game is starting one hour later than usual because it is being televised nationally in Canada. 

"We want to come out right away, as fast and as hard as we can, and set the tone the way we want to play."

Keith Yandle

  Steve Bernier
  Kevin Bieksa
  Alexandre Bolduc
  Willie Mitchell
  Robert Lang
  Kurt Sauer
  Scottie Upshall
2009-2010 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Mar 30 '10 PHX 1 at VAN 4 M. Raymond
Mar 10 '10 VAN 3 at PHX 4 - SO A. Aucoin
Jan 07 '10 PHX 0 at VAN 4 A. Burrows
Dec 29 '09 VAN 2 at PHX 3 - SO L. Korpikoski
H. Sedin67276390+324035
D. Sedin49174764+321857
R. Kesler67194362+360113
A. Burrows67302656+3110342
M. Samuelsson67282149+125264
M. Raymond67222446+14083
C. Ehrhoff67132437+273853
A. Edler6132730-23410
S. Salo5571522+181052
S. Bernier56111021-22130
K. Wellwood6091019+71012
K. Bieksa4011516-17910
J. Hansen328412-11003
W. Mitchell484812+134801
T. Glass614711+710100
A. Alberts662911+78100
P. Demitra17279+3010
R. Rypien56336-311401
M. Schneider17235+01210
M. Grabner9235-1621
S. O'Brien58145+137700
R. Johnson46044-41000
A. Rome35044+21500
D. Hordichuk45112-710300
B. Lukowich13112+5401
N. Baumgartner10112+4000
M. Pettinger7112+2200
A. Bolduc15000-31300
S. Shirokov6000-4200
M. Bliznak2000-2000
G. Desbiens1000+0200
E. Oberg1000+0000
R. Luongo5634-18-213115562.46.916
A. Raycroft177-4-1303352.36.910
C. Schneider20-1-05593.80.915
W. Wolski65193150+182725
S. Doan67173148+03554
M. Lombardi63142943+23041
R. Vrbata67211839+122054
L. Stempniak65171734-42051
S. Upshall49181432+55024
K. Yandle67112132+144352
E. Jovanovski52101929-55152
R. Lang6492029-42831
M. Hanzal6682129+39010
D. Morris6132326+03120
A. Aucoin6771623-34612
V. Fiddler6161723+94201
P. Prucha6612921+11932
T. Pyatt599817+92611
P. Mueller5441317-5811
D. Winnik6031417+01001
Z. Michalek5831114+82421
J. Vandermeer594812+45801
P. Nokelainen534711-72500
S. Lepisto581910+95401
L. Korpikoski56448-111401
P. Bissonnette39325-211201
D. Schlemko17145+1800
M. Boedker14123+2000
A. Eriksson12033+0200
S. Heshka8022+0400
J. Perrault2101-1000
K. Porter4000+1000
J. Hoggan4000-1200
K. Sauer1000+1000
I. Bryzgalov5835-18-413116392.31.920
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