By Dave Vest
The Coyotes will continue their four-game trip against Atlantic Division teams tonight when they play the New York Islanders at Nassau Memorial Coliseum. The puck drops at 5 p.m. (Arizona time).
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Phoenix (14-9-7) will try to snap a two-game skid that includes a 4-3 shootout loss to the New York Rangers on Thursday and a 3-0 loss at New Jersey on Wednesday.
, Adrian Aucoin
and Martin Hanzal
scored goals for the Coyotes on Thursday, and backup goalie Jason LaBarbera
made 33 saves in place of Ilya Bryzgalov
. LaBarbera will start again tonight with Matt Climie
, who was recalled from the American Hockey League on Friday, serving as his backup.
Bryzgalov is again out of the lineup because of an upper-body injury. He is flying back to Phoenix today for further examination.
"We sent him back to Phoenix today so he could rest Sunday and see our doctors on Monday," Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney said. "We expect him to rejoin the team for practice on Tuesday."
For Pyatt, tonight's game will be his 16th against the team that selected him with the eighth overall pick in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft. Pyatt has notched one goal and three assists vs. the Isles in the first 15 games.
Led by Eric Belanger
(54.8 percent), Hanzal (53.9) and Vernon Fiddler
(52.7), the Coyotes rank third in the NHL in faceoff percentage at 52.7 percent.
The Islanders (6-18-5) on Thursday won for just the second time in their past 22 games. They scored three times in a 99-second span of the first period and held on to beat visiting Anaheim 3-2.
"It's good that we won, but we're not happy," Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro, who stopped 30 shots, told reporters. "When we win 10 in a row, then we'll be a bit happy."
DiPietro will not play tonight because of swelling in one of his knees. Instead, the Coyotes will face Nathan Lawson
, a 27-year-old who will be making his NHL debut.
Islanders forward John Tavares, the first overall pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, has scored just two goals in his last 20 games.