The Coyotes will play the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday at the Honda Center in Anaheim. The puck drops at 5 p.m. (Arizona time.)
This is the first of six meetings this season between these Pacific Division rivals. Phoenix won four of six in 2009-10, including consecutive shutouts by Ilya Bryzgalov in the two most recent matchups. Twelve different Coyotes scored in the series -- captain Shane Doan led the way with three goals, including the overtime tally in a 3-2 win on Nov. 29. Bobby Ryan's three goals paced the Ducks.
This is the second game in 24 hours for Phoenix (1-1-1), which opened the season by splitting a pair of games against Boston in the Czech Republic before returning home to Jobing.com Arena for a rematch of last spring's first-round playoff series with Detroit. Unfortunately for the Coyotes, they got the same disappointing result -- despite opening the scoring on a Martin Hanzal goal late in the first period, they fell 2-1 in overtime as Niklas Kronwall connected on a late power play for the Red Wings.
"You give a good power play that many chances and they are going to score," Doan said after Phoenix took eight penalties -- six coming in the third period and overtime. "We felt like we controlled the game when it was 5-on-5, but they found ways to get power plays and we didn't."
The recent addition of Andreas Lilja and the return to good health of free-agent acquisition Toni Lydman should help what to this point has been a porous Anaheim defense. Lilja was added to the roster Saturday after his visa was approved, while Lydman, who suffered from double vision during the preseason, played his first game with the Ducks (1-3-1) on Friday. He scored a goal in his debut, but his team blew a two-goal lead in the third period to the visiting Thrashers and lost 5-4 in the shootout.
"Any time you lose in your own building, it's disappointing, especially when you have the lead going into the third," captain Ryan Getzlaf said. "We worked pretty hard all game long. We needed to close it out of the end and we didn't."
EDITOR'S NOTE: Dave Vest of phoenixcoyotes.com contributed to this preview.
Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson has averaged more than 20 minutes of ice time in his first three NHL games and has taken seven shots on goal.
Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf has scored a goal in each of Anaheim's past two games and ranks eighth in the NHL with six points.
Anaheim leads the NHL in most shots allowed per game with a whopping 43.4 through five games. Phoenix has yielded the second-most per game at 37.3 after three games.
Center Kyle Turris scored his first NHL goal and notched his first career multi-point game at the Honda Center on Oct. 12, 2008.
Tonight's game can be seen on FOX Sports Arizona and can be heard on XTRA Sports 910 (AM). A link to the radio broadcast will be provided at phoenixcoyotes.com at 5 p.m.
Click here to listen to an interview with Coyotes center Kyle Turris recorded after Saturday's game vs. Detroit.