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Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 1:49 AM
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San Jose Sharks vs. Phoenix Coyotes

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By Dave Vest
GLENDALE -- The Coyotes will try to extend their winning streak to five games on Monday when they host the San Jose Sharks at Jobing.com Arena in a holiday matinee game. The puck drops at 2 p.m. (Arizona time).

The Coyotes will enter the game having earned at least one point in each of their past eight games (6-0-2).

Eleven Coyotes notched at least one point in Phoenix’s 6-2 win over Anaheim on Saturday night. Ray Whitney and Lee Stempniak led the way with three points apiece.

Ilya Bryzgalov is expected to start in goal for the Coyotes. Bryzgalov has quietly won four starts in a row and posted a 2.00 goals-against average while his teammates scored 19 goals in those games. On Monday, the NHL named Bryzgalov its No. 3 Star of the Week for his play last week.

“I think our group has played very well,” Head Coach Dave Tippett said after Sunday’s practice. “We’re getting contributions right throughout our lineup on the offensive side and our goaltending has been very solid. We’re going into games, we’re scoring a few goals and we’re finding ways to win.”

The Coyotes (23-13-9) will play minus center Vernon Fiddler for the first time this season. Fiddler suffered an upper-body injury during a fight with Anaheim’s Matt Beleskey on Saturday night, and is on the injured reserve list, listed as week-to-week. Phoenix on Sunday recalled forward Brett MacLean from the American Hockey League to fill Fiddler’s spot on the roster. Look for MacLean to play on the “Kid Line” with former AHL linemates Kyle Turris and Mikkel Boedker.

The Coyotes, who likely also will play without defenseman Ed Jovanovski (lower-body injury) and newly acquired defenseman Michal Rozsival (upper-body injury), are in fourth place in the Western Conference standings with 55 points. Three teams – Nashville, Chicago and Anaheim – are just one point behind them.

Photo by Getty Images.
San Jose (22-19-5) beat St. Louis, 4-2, on Saturday to snap a six-game losing streak. The Sharks have only scored 13 goals in eight games this month, an average of 1.63 per game. As a result, San Jose will enter the game in 11th place in the conference standings, three points behind eighth-place Colorado.

The Sharks, who have beaten the Coyotes five times in a row, have the fifth best power play in the NHL (22.6 percent) and is the second best NHL team in the faceoff circles (53.8 percent).

San Jose forwards Dany Heatley and Joe Thornton share the team lead with 41 points each. Logan Couture leads all NHL rookies with 19 goals.

Today's game will be the 1,000th NHL game for Sharks left wing Patrick Marleau, all with San Jose.

"It makes it special to be able to stay in one city," Marleau told the Mercury News. "When you're growing up, you're seeing guys like (Mario) Lemieux and (Joe) Sakic that stay with one team the whole time. I've always kind of admired that."
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Whitney
Coyotes left wing Ray Whitney has notched six points in the last three games and ranks second on the team with 33 points.
Thornton
Sharks center Joe Thornton has notched two points in each of the past three games and has won at least 63 percent of his faceoffs in each of those games.
Did You Know?
 
  • Potential Coyotes owner Matthew Hulsizer stopped by the team's practice on Sunday and skated casually with some of the players after it was over. Hulsizer is hoping to take ownership of the team within a few weeks.

  • Coyotes left wing Ray Whitney is the only original member of the San Jose Sharks still playing in the NHL.
  • This game can be seen on Fox Sports Arizona and can be heard on XTRA Sports 910 (AM). A link to the radio broadcast will be provided at phoenixcoyotes.com at 2 p.m.
 
Korpikoski

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• Lauri Korpikoski


Dave Tippett

Injuries
 
  Ryane Clowe
  John McCarthy
  Torrey Mitchell
  Vernon Fiddler
  Ed Jovanovski
  Michal Rozsival
2010-2011 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Apr 09 '11 PHX 1 at SJS 3 J. Pavelski
Apr 08 '11 SJS 3 at PHX 4 S. Doan
Mar 26 '11 SJS 4 at PHX 1 J. Pavelski
Feb 01 '11 PHX 3 at SJS 5 P. Marleau
Jan 17 '11 SJS 4 at PHX 2 L. Couture
Dec 23 '10 PHX 1 at SJS 4 J. Thornton
PlayerGPGAP+/-PIMPPGW
D. Heatley47182543-13483
J. Thornton45133043-132783
R. Clowe45122537+46711
P. Marleau47181634-19882
D. Boyle4752631-103641
L. Couture46201030+102566
J. Pavelski3992130-141663
J. Demers4111314+11800
D. Setoguchi387512-151911
M. Vlasic472810-81001
J. Braun15189+0010
T. Mitchell39448-32400
B. Ferriero26448+5710
S. Nichol45437+14400
J. Mayers43257+37800
D. Murray38156+02100
N. Wallin42325-113200
J. McGinn46145-73300
K. Huskins38055+3800
J. McCarthy24224-3600
D. Joslin15134-2800
M. Moore6101-1700
B. Mashinter10000+01200
F. McLaren9000-12200
T. Wingels5000-1000
A. Desjardins3000+0000
GoalieGPRec.GASAGAASv%
A. Niittymaki2212-6-3565652.54.901
A. Niemi2611-13-2707782.79.910
PlayerGPGAP+/-PIMPPGW
K. Yandle4672936+34020
R. Whitney44102333-11620
S. Doan36112031-24163
R. Vrbata4391625+4840
L. Korpikoski46111324+9801
S. Upshall45121022+73402
L. Stempniak46101222+11620
E. Belanger4651520+31411
A. Aucoin4421618+183600
T. Pyatt4212517+121925
M. Hanzal399817+13243
W. Wolski3661016-61000
K. Turris367714+0401
E. Jovanovski415914+43511
V. Fiddler455813+33601
O. Ekman-Larsson301910+31600
D. Morris43459-73311
S. Lepisto33448+72100
D. Schlemko25055+11800
M. Boedker6022+2200
A. Ebbett6101+1201
B. MacLean1101+1011
N. Yonkman12011+32400
P. Prucha11011+0400
P. Bissonnette24000+44700
G. Stafford2000+0000
GoalieGPRec.GASAGAASv%
I. Bryzgalov3417-9-68610532.58.918
J. LaBarbera146-5-3384413.02.914
M. Climie10-0-01161.88.938
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