By Dave Vest | Anthony Perez
The Coyotes will open a three-game homestand tonight when they host the Chicago Blackhawks at Jobing.com Arena. The puck drops at 6 p.m. (Arizona time).
Phoenix (28-19-9) will enter the game in seventh place in the Western Conference standings with 65 points.
The Coyotes pushed their win streak to three games with a 3-2 overtime victory over Dallas on Wednesday. In those three games, they have surrendered just two goals. Center Vernon Fiddler
said it’s important for he and his teammates to continue to play responsible hockey at both ends of the rink.
“We’re not going to run and gun with them because they’ve got a bunch of offensive guys,” Fiddler said. “We have to play our style… When we want to shut teams down we can, and we’re going to have to do that if we want to be successful.”
The Coyotes are riding a wave of momentum because of their winning streak.
“When you get momentum you have to run with it and run as far as you can with it,” Fiddler said. “You see the guys are really energized around here, and a three-game winning streak can do that to a team. We want to run with this streak as long as we can and not look back.”
will start in goal for the Coyotes. He stopped 16 of the 18 shots he faced in Wednesday’s victory.
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Defenseman Ed Jovanovski
, who is day-to-day with an upper-body injury, practiced with teammates on Friday. Head Coach Dave Tippett said there is a chance Jovanovski could play Saturday.
The Blackhawks (28-22-5) will enter the game in 11th place in the Western Conference standings with 61 points.
Chicago earned one point on Friday night in Dallas by losing 4-3 in a shootout. The Blackhawks led that game 3-0 after one period but faltered.
"Every time we lose, it's the same thing that happens and we don't change it," captain Jonathan Toews told reporters, "We had a good first period, and we had a good effort, we were doing the right things and somehow it goes away in the second. I don't understand what's going on and the writing's on the wall. We get satisfied and we give teams a chance to come back."
The Blackhawks will enter the game ranked third in the NHL in power-play efficiency at 24.0 percent.
Rookie Corey Crawford, who watched Marty Turco play Friday’s game in Dallas, will start in goal. He has lost three of his last four starts after going 4-0-1 with two shutouts in his previous five games.
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