The Coyotes will play the second of back-to-back games this weekend tonight against the Anaheim Ducks at the Honda Center. The puck drops at 6 p.m. (Arizona time).
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Phoenix (12-7-6), which lost to Florida, 2-1, in a shootout on Saturday night in Glendale, enters the game with 30 points, one more than Anaheim (13-12-3).
Coyotes winger Scottie Upshall, who has scored five of his eight goals in the last 10 games, has four goals and three assists during a six-game point streak against the Ducks. Meanwhile, Coyotes captain Shane Doan has notched five of his seven assists this season versus Anaheim.
Ilya Bryzgalov will start in goal for Phoenix. Bryzgalov, who stopped 36 of 37 shots in Saturday's shootout defeat, has lost three games in a row since winning six straight.
Anaheim goalie Jonas Hiller likely will make his eighth consecutive start. He is 6-0-1 with a 1.95 goals-against average in seven career home starts versus Phoenix.
The Coyotes will be looking to avenge a 6-4 loss to Anaheim on Nov. 27 that snapped a seven-game winning streak. Anaheim also beat Phoenix, 3-2, on Oct. 17.
The Ducks last played on Friday night and lost 4-0 on home ice to Detroit.
Coyotes defenseman Keith Yandle played a season-high 30:38 on Saturday night vs. Florida and took a season-high nine shots on goal.
Ducks right wing Corey Perry has notched two goals and three assists in the past four games, including a goal and two assists vs. Phoenix on Nov. 27.
The Coyotes have allowed just 13 goals in the first period in 25 games this season, tied for fewest in the NHL.
The Coyotes have posted a 5-12-1 record at Anaheim since the start of the 2005-06 season.
This game can be seen on Fox Sports Arizona and can be heard on KFNN-AM (1510). A link to the radio broadcast will be provided at phoenixcoyotes.com at 6 p.m.
"There were some good things (on Saturday night vs. Florida), but at the end of the day we needed those points and we let one get away."
• Dave Tippett