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Anaheim Ducks vs. Phoenix Coyotes

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By Dave Vest
GLENDALE -- The Coyotes will try to win their fourth consecutive game tonight when they host the Anaheim Ducks at Arena. The puck drops at 6 p.m. (Arizona time).

The Coyotes (22-13-9), who are unbeaten in regulation in their last seven games (5-0-2), will enter the matchup in fourth place in the Western Conference standings with 53 points, one more than Anaheim (24-18-4), which also has won three games in a row.

Ilya Bryzgalov, who has won his past three starts, is expected to play tonight against the Ducks, the team that drafted him in 2000 and then waived him in 2007. Bryzgalov has stopped 91 of 97 shots during Phoenix’s winning streak. Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller, who was recently selected to play in the 2011 NHL All-Star Game, likely will tend Anaheim’s net. Hiller has stopped 94 of 98 shots during Anaheim’s winning streak.

Coyotes defenseman Ed Jovanovski may return to the lineup tonight after missing the third period of Thursday’s game vs. Toronto because of a lower-body injury (see PODCASTS below). Jovanovski suffered the injury on a brutal hit to the head by Toronto’s Mike Brown. The NHL on Friday suspended Brown for three games for the hit.

Coyotes defenseman Michal Rozsival has been skating on his own the past few days as he continues to nurse an upper-body injury. The Coyotes, of course, acquired Rozsival on Monday from the New York Rangers in exchange for forward Wojtek Wolski. Rozsival won’t make his debut with the Coyotes until next week.

Photo by Getty Images.
Tonight’s game will be the fifth between these Pacific Division rivals this season. The Ducks have won three of the first four, including both games played at Arena -- 6-4 on Nov. 27 and 3-1 on Dec. 28.

"We have to take care of the puck a little better than we did the last game we played them (on Dec. 28)," said Coyotes winger Ray Whitney, whose 30 points rank tied for second on the team. "We gave them a couple of great opportunities by our mistakes. If we manage the puck a little bit better and bring the work ethic like we did the other night (vs. Toronto), I think we'll be fine."

The last time these teams played in Glendale, Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf was hit in the face by a shot off the stick of Coyotes captain Shane Doan. Getzlaf hasn’t played since, but the Ducks have posted a 5-1-0 record without him.

"We're starting to get a quiet confidence in what we're doing," Ducks defenseman Andy Sutton told the Orange County Register.
Who's Hot
Coyotes defenseman Keith Yandle has notched four points in his last two games and ranks sixth in the NHL among defensemen with 34 points.
Ducks right wing turned center Bobby Ryan has notched six goals and one assist in the past three games. 
Did You Know?
  • When the Coyotes beat the Maple Leafs on Thursday it was the 1,000th win in the history of the Coyotes/Jets franchise, which began play in the NHL in 1979-80.

  • The Coyotes' next 13 games are against Western Conference opponents. That's good news because Phoenix is 19-8-3 against teams from the West.
  • 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 at 6 p.m.

Click below to listen to an interviews about tonight's game.

• Ed Jovanovski

• Dave Tippett

  Ryan Getzlaf
  Ed Jovanovski
  Michal Rozsival
2010-2011 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Mar 13 '11 PHX 5 at ANA 2 L. Korpikoski
Jan 15 '11 ANA 2 at PHX 6 T. Pyatt
Dec 28 '10 ANA 3 at PHX 1 J. Lupul
Dec 05 '10 PHX 3 at ANA 0 T. Pyatt
Nov 27 '10 ANA 6 at PHX 4 C. Perry
Oct 17 '10 PHX 2 at ANA 3 C. Perry
C. Perry47232649+58285
T. Selanne38122739+12281
R. Getzlaf40132437+32754
L. Visnovsky4682937+51611
B. Ryan47211536+94743
S. Koivu46111324-72632
C. Fowler4132023-101011
T. Lydman4321618+241400
J. Blake459716-42921
M. Lapierre43549-116800
B. McMillan25459+1211
J. Lupul19459-41421
M. Beleskey22358-33000
D. Sexton22235-7210
A. Lilja32145-71800
T. Marchant46055-121400
G. Parros46314-310101
L. Sbisa33123-81800
R. Carter18123-42200
A. Sutton24033-65100
P. Mara32112-13801
D. Syvret6112-3400
K. Chipchura27022+02700
K. Palmieri10101-1000
T. Bodie9011-3700
B. Mikkelson5011-1700
N. Bonino26000-3400
S. Brookbank22000-74300
J. Green12000-3600
A. Voros11000-44300
B. Festerling1000-2000
J. Hiller4122-15-39713052.49.926
C. McElhinney122-4-1282993.30.906
K. Yandle4572835+44020
R. Whitney43102333+21620
S. Doan35111930-13963
R. Vrbata4291625+6840
L. Korpikoski45111223+8801
S. Upshall44121022+63402
L. Stempniak45101121+10620
E. Belanger4551520+31411
A. Aucoin4321618+173600
T. Pyatt4112517+121925
M. Hanzal389817+33243
W. Wolski3661016-61000
K. Turris357714+0401
E. Jovanovski415914+43511
V. Fiddler455813+33601
O. Ekman-Larsson29099+31600
S. Lepisto32448+71900
D. Morris42358-63311
D. Schlemko24055+11600
M. Boedker5022+2200
A. Ebbett6101+1201
B. MacLean1101+1011
N. Yonkman12011+32400
P. Prucha11011+0400
P. Bissonnette23000+44700
G. Stafford2000+0000
I. Bryzgalov3317-8-68310182.56.918
J. LaBarbera146-5-3384413.02.914
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