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Saturday, 10.30.2010 / 3:00 PM
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Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Phoenix Coyotes

The Skinny
 
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Anthony Perez | Dave Vest
GLENDALE --
After closing a three-game trip with a win in Detroit on Thursday, the Coyotes return home on Saturday night to open a brief two-game homestand against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Jobing.com Arena. The puck drops at 6 p.m. (Arizona time).

Coyotes Head Coach Dave Tippett is hopeful his team can duplicate the effort it displayed against the Red Wings.

“It's consistency, in how we want to compete and how we want to play,” Tippett said. “We’ve lacked that this year. We’ve played some good games, and come back the next game and not played very well. We’ll continue to address that, but I really like some of the things that we did (on Thursday).”

The Coyotes responded to adversity in one of the league's tougher buildings to play in for a road team.

“If you’re going to be an elite team in this league, you have to put a winning streak together, and I thought our guys did a great job,” Coyotes center Vernon Fiddler said. “Our backs were kind of against the wall and we came out swinging, and we played Coyotes hockey for the most part of the game.“

Phoenix (3-3-3) will again have a tough opponent on Saturday in Tampa Bay (6-2-1).

“They've got a lot of skill up front, they’ve got a new system, and a fresh start,” Fiddler said. “Everyone is fresh there through the organization, so I’m sure it’ll be a good game. We’re going to have to watch their key guys, and everyone is going to have to chip in and be responsible, and hopefully we can come out with a win.”

Coyotes center Martin Hanzal, who has been sidelined with a lower-body injury the past week, practiced with teammates on Friday.

“Hanzal is close,” Tippett said. “... I would say that if he doesn’t play (tonight) he’ll play on Wednesday.”

Defenseman Derek Morris, who left Thursday’s game in Detroit with a lower-body injury, did not practice Friday but may play tonight.

Under new Head Coach Guy Boucher, Tampa Bay leads the NHL in goals per game at 3.56 and shots per game with 35.6.

The Lightning are excelling on special teams with a 24.4 percent success rate on power plays (fifth in NHL) and a 90.2 success rate on penalty kills (second in NHL).

Center Steven Stamkos, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, leads the team and the league with 18 points (eight goals, 10 assists).



Who's Hot
 
Bryzgalov
Coyotes goalie Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 83 of the 90 shots he faced in the past three games, including 43 of 45 vs. Detroit on Thursday at Joe Louis Arena.
St. Louis
Lightning right wing Martin St. Louis has notched at least one point in the past five games, and had two goals and one assist vs. Pittsburgh on Wednesday.
Did You Know?
 
  • Coyotes defenseman Adrian Aucoin ranks fifth in the NHL in plus/minus rating at plus-8.

  • Coyotes goalie Ilya Bryzgalov is 5-0-1 with a 2.63 goals-against average in his last six starts when facing 40 or more shots. Also, he owns a 2-0-0 career record vs. Tampa Bay with a 1.50 goals-against average.

  • This game can be seen on Fox Sports Arizona Plus. Click here for more information. The game can be heard on XTRA Sports 910. A link to the radio broadcast will be provided at phoenixcoyotes.com at 6 p.m.
Podcasts
 
Dave Tippett
Vrbata

"It's a little bit the same as (playing) Detroit. We can't take too many penalties and put them on power plays because they have too many dangerous people."

• Radim Vrbata

• Shane Doan

• Dave Tippett

Injuries
 
  Simon Gagne
  Dominic Moore
  Matt Smaby
  Martin Hanzal
2010-2011 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Feb 23 '11PHX 3 at TBL 8S. Stamkos
Oct 30 '10TBL 3 at PHX 0M. Ritola
PlayerGPGAP+/-PIMPPGW
S. Stamkos1091019+91032
M. St. Louis105712+6801
S. Downie10268+24120
S. Bergenheim10336+3800
T. Purcell10156+2600
R. Malone10156-7401
V. Hedman10066-11000
D. Moore8415+0821
V. Lecavalier9325-1620
P. Kubina10145+01301
B. Clark10224-1220
A. Hall10224-4400
R. Jones10033+0000
N. Thompson10033-4200
M. Ritola4112-2001
M. Lundin10022+1000
D. Tyrell8101-3400
B. Jones1011+1000
M. Vernace7000-2200
S. Gagne6000-8000
M. Smaby5000-2400
M. Ohlund2000+2000
GoalieGPRec.GASAGAASv%
M. Smith64-0-0181363.59.868
D. Ellis63-2-1121392.37.914
PlayerGPGAP+/-PIMPPGW
E. Belanger10246-4210
E. Jovanovski9066+31200
L. Stempniak10325+2000
S. Upshall10314+0401
K. Turris8314-3000
K. Yandle10224-72010
A. Aucoin10044+71000
W. Wolski8044-2000
R. Vrbata10303+1400
T. Pyatt10123+1600
R. Whitney8033-4400
L. Korpikoski10202-1201
D. Morris7112-5410
S. Lepisto6112-1000
S. Doan7022-42300
A. Ebbett6101+1201
M. Hanzal4101+2200
O. Ekman-Larsson10011+4800
V. Fiddler10011+31300
P. Prucha6011+2400
D. Schlemko8000-5400
P. Bissonnette3000+0500
GoalieGPRec.GASAGAASv%
I. Bryzgalov93-2-3232962.61.922
J. LaBarbera20-2-06554.56.891
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