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Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 1:49 AM
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Phoenix Coyotes vs. Chicago Blackhawks

The Skinny
 

By Dave Vest
The Coyotes will wrap up a brief yet challenging two-game trip tonight when they play the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center. The puck drops at 6:30 p.m. (Arizona time).

Backup goalie Jason LaBarbera likely will be in net for the Coyotes, who are concluding a three-game stretch of games against recent Stanley Cup winners. On Saturday, they played Pittsburgh (2009 NHL champs), and on Monday they played Detroit (2008 NHL champs). The Blackhawks, of course, won the Stanley Cup last season.

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LaBarbera has fared extremely well vs. Chicago in his career. In four games, he has posted a 3-0-0 record, a 2.27 goals-against average and a .921 save percentage.

The Coyotes (4-5-5) again will play minus captain Shane Doan, who did not accompany the team on this trip because of a lower-body injury he suffered on Nov. 5 at Dallas. Doan’s status is listed as week-to-week.

Winger Ray Whitney still is seeking his first goal of the season/with the Coyotes. Perhaps tonight is the night; like LaBarbera, Whitney has thrived vs. Chicago in his NHL career with 10 goals and 20 assists in 38 games.

The Coyotes continue to get scoring production from their defensemen. Phoenix blueliners have chipped in nine goals in 14 games, which is tops in the Western Conference and tied for most in the NHL with the Buffalo Sabres.

Like Whitney, Coyotes defenseman Adrian Aucoin, once a Blackhawks captain, has yet to score a goal this season after chipping in eight last year, as well as six game-deciding shootout goals in his role as “The Closer.”

The Blackhawks (8-8-1), who were forced to reshape their roster because of payroll issues after winning the Stanley Cup in June, have won just four of their first 10 home games.

Former Dallas Stars goalie Marty Turco is likely to start in goal on Wednesday. Turco has a 2.32 goals-against average and six shutouts in 41 games against Phoenix despite being just 18-14-2 with one tie in those matchups - all with Dallas.

The Blackhawks will enter the game ranked third in the NHL in power-play efficiency (26.3 percent). In addition, Chicago also ranks third-lowest in penalty minutes per game (9.9).
Who's Hot
 
Yandle
Coyotes defenseman Keith Yandle, who has notched three points in the past four games, leads the team with four power-play points (one goal, three assists).
Kane
Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane has notched at least one point in 11 of 16 games this season. He had two goals and one assist vs. Atlanta on Nov. 6.
Did You Know?
 
  • The Coyotes have posted a 1-5-0 record in their past six games at Chicago, and have been outscored 21-5 in those six games.

  • Forward Lauri Korpikoski and defenseman Keith Yandle lead the Coyotes in scoring on the road this season with three goals and two assists apiece.
  • This game can be seen on Fox Sports Arizona. The game can be heard on XTRA Sports 910 (AM). A link to the radio broadcast will be provided at phoenixcoyotes.com at 6:30 p.m.
Podcasts
 
Tippett

"Both teams are trying to get better everyday and are scratching and clawing for points. I think... both teams are trying to find their new rhythm."

• Dave Tippett

Injuries
 
  Dave Bolland
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2010-2011 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Mar 20 '11 CHI 2 at PHX 1 C. Campoli
Feb 27 '11 PHX 3 at CHI 4 - SO J. Toews
Feb 12 '11 CHI 2 at PHX 3 - SO R. Vrbata
Nov 10 '10 PHX 2 at CHI 1 E. Belanger
PlayerGPGAP+/-PIMPPGW
E. Belanger15459-3211
E. Jovanovski13369+31411
L. Stempniak15448+2410
W. Wolski13178-3000
K. Yandle15347-52210
R. Vrbata15426+3400
K. Turris11426-3000
S. Upshall15325+0601
L. Korpikoski15325-1201
A. Aucoin15055+41200
R. Whitney13055+0600
M. Hanzal9224+41200
S. Lepisto11213+1900
T. Pyatt15123+1800
D. Morris12123-3410
S. Doan9123-52510
O. Ekman-Larsson14033+11200
A. Ebbett6101+1201
V. Fiddler15011+01700
P. Prucha9011+1400
D. Schlemko10000-3600
P. Bissonnette5000+11000
GoalieGPRec.GASAGAASv%
I. Bryzgalov134-2-5354212.84.917
J. LaBarbera41-3-0101043.45.904
PlayerGPGAP+/-PIMPPGW
P. Sharp1710717-11243
P. Kane176915-6430
J. Toews185914+4430
D. Keith1811112-7601
M. Hossa137411+21011
B. Seabrook18279+2810
T. Kopecky17279-92010
T. Brouwer18189+0700
V. Stalberg17448-3801
B. Bickell15336-1510
J. Dowell18325+01900
J. Skille17044-11500
F. Pisani18213-1410
D. Bolland12123+1600
N. Boynton16033-21000
J. Cullimore12033+1000
B. Campbell5112+1000
N. Leddy6101-1000
J. Scott16000+11600
N. Hjalmarsson16000-81900
J. Hendry11000-2000
B. Smith3000-2000
J. Morin2000+0000
R. Potulny2000-1000
E. Brophey1000+0000
B. Pirri1000-1000
GoalieGPRec.GASAGAASv%
M. Turco147-5-1374152.73.911
C. Crawford51-4-0131372.82.905
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