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Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 1:49 AM
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Colorado Avalanche vs. Phoenix Coyotes

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By Dave Vest
GLENDALE -- The Coyotes will conclude a six-game homestand tonight when they host the Colorado Avalanche at Jobing.com Arena. The puck drops at 7 p.m. (Arizona time).

Phoenix (42-25-11) will enter the game in fourth place in the Western Conference standings, three points behind third-place Detroit but just two points ahead of seventh-place Anaheim.

• Click here to see the conference standings.

Tonight’s matchup is the final matchup between the Coyotes and Avalanche this season. Phoenix has won the first three games and has outscored Colorado, 10-2, in those games. Moreover, Phoenix is 6-0-1 vs. the Avs in the last seven games played at Jobing.com Arena.

Ilya Bryzgalov will start in goal for the Coyotes, who are 9-2-1 in their past 12 games and 3-2-0 on their season-long six-game homestand thus far. Bryzgalov will enter the game tied with Bob Essensa on the franchise's all-time victories list (129).

“It doesn't mean anything to me," said Bryzgalov, who has a 1.54 goals-against average in his last nine starts. "… I'm not chasing any records."

► The first 10,000 fans who arrive at tonight’s game will be given a Bryzgalov bobblehead doll.

The Coyotes will be looking to give Bryzgalov more offensive support tonight than they have in recent games; Phoenix has notched just eight goals in the past five contests.

Winger Taylor Pyatt has produced a team-high four points vs. Colorado this season, but Head Coach Dave Tippett on Friday said Pyatt might not play tonight because of a minor injury. Meanwhile, defenseman Ed Jovanovski, and forwards Lauri Korpikoski and Martin Hanzal will miss the game because of injuries.

Photo by Getty Images.
Colorado (28-40-8) has lost 26 of its past 30 games, including four games in a row. On Thursday, the Avs lost, 3-2, to Nashville at the Pepsi Center in Denver. Paul Stastny and David Jones scored goals in the third period, but the comeback fell short.

Though they’ve scored only 59 goals in their last 30 games, the Avs are a top-10 power-play team at 18.9 percent. That’s the good news when it comes to special teams. The bad news is Colorado ranks dead last in the NHL in penalty killing at just 76. 2 percent.

Peter Budaj will start in goal for the Avalanche, who allow an NHL-worst 3.54 goals per game. Budaj has lost his past six decisions and allowed 20 goals in those games.

Center Matt Duchene leads the team in goals (27) and points (62). Defenseman John-Michael Liles is the top assist man with 38.

“It's a very important game,” Tippett said. “There should be no feeling that we can let this one go by. There has to be urgent effort all the time."

TRAFFIC NOTE: North/Eastbound Loop 101 will be closed between Bell Road and 51st Avenue from 9 p.m. on Friday until 5 a.m. on Monday.

Who's Hot
 
Bryzgalov
Coyotes goalie Ilya Bryzgalov, who made a career-high 44 saves on Tuesday vs. Dallas, has stopped 129 of the last 135 shots he has faced (.955 save percentage). 
Stastny
Avalanche center Paul Stastny, who ranks second on the team with 180 shots, has notched two goals and two assists in his last five games.
Did You Know?
 
  • The Coyotes have posted a 6-0-1 record on April Fool's Day since moving to Phoenix in 1996. The last time Phoenix played on April 1, Al Montoya became the first goalie in franchise history to record a shutout in his NHL debut when he led the Coyotes to a 3-0 win against Colorado in 2009.

  • The Coyotes are 14-3-2 vs. the five teams from the Northwest Division this season: Calgary, Colorado, Edmonton, Minnesota and Vancouver.
  • This game can be seen on Fox Sports Arizona Plus. Click here for channel listings. This game can be heard on XTRA Sports 910 (AM). A link to the radio broadcast will be provided at phoenixcoyotes.com at 7 p.m.
 
Vrbata

Click below to listen to members of the Coyotes talk about tonight's game.

• Radim Vrbata

• Dave Tippett

Injuries
 
  Kyle Cumiskey
  Tomas Fleischmann
  Adam Foote
  Peter Mueller
  Kyle Quincey
  Ryan Wilson
  Martin Hanzal
  Ed Jovanovski
  Lauri Korpikoski
2010-2011 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Apr 01 '11 COL 4 at PHX 3 - SO R. O'Reilly
Feb 07 '11 COL 0 at PHX 3 R. Vrbata
Jan 26 '11 PHX 5 at COL 2 E. Belanger
Jan 06 '11 PHX 2 at COL 0 T. Pyatt
PlayerGPGAP+/-PIMPPGW
M. Duchene75273562-62932
P. Stastny74223557-75643
M. Hejduk66203353-201892
J. Liles7563945-93530
D. Jones73261642-22853
T. Fleischmann45121931+21832
C. Stewart36131730-103853
E. Johnson7482129-135632
K. Shattenkirk4671926-112021
R. O'Reilly69121325-61620
D. Winnik75111425+03521
K. Porter69131124-82013
B. Yip6791019-225231
J. McClement7571219-203011
T. Galiardi357815-61201
R. Wilson6231215-65610
P. Dupuis695914-44000
M. Hunwick7111213-142500
G. Mauldin295510+5801
R. O'Byrne6201010-56700
C. McLeod66538-818420
K. Cumiskey18178-31000
A. Foote46088-93300
M. Olver13156-1400
S. Hannan23066+1600
R. Stoa20224-4601
J. Holos34044-2800
D. Van Der Gulik6123+4200
D. Koci30101-66300
C. Gaunce11101-31600
D. Liffiton4101+31700
K. Quincey21011-51800
S. Belle6000-2200
C. Cohen3000-1400
P. Forsberg2000-4400
GoalieGPRec.GASAGAASv%
B. Elliott5415-26-916215143.32.893
P. Budaj4114-18-412011143.27.892
C. Anderson3313-15-3999573.28.897
PlayerGPGAP+/-PIMPPGW
K. Yandle79114859+116630
S. Doan69193958+465105
R. Whitney72164056+02431
R. Vrbata76182846+420102
L. Korpikoski76182038+191804
E. Belanger79132538+93612
L. Stempniak79181836+51920
T. Pyatt73171229+102726
S. Upshall61161127+54222
M. Hanzal59161026+34875
K. Turris62111324+01201
A. Aucoin7231922+185000
M. Rozsival6261521+74023
V. Fiddler6861420+54602
W. Wolski3661016-61000
D. Morris7451116-35611
E. Jovanovski475914+33711
D. Schlemko4341014+82400
M. Boedker3341014+12800
R. Klesla584711+63800
S. Lepisto514711+73700
O. Ekman-Larsson4811011+32400
A. Ebbett30134-2401
B. MacLean13213+0212
P. Bissonnette45101+57100
N. Yonkman16011+53900
P. Prucha11011+0400
R. Hollweg3000-1000
G. Stafford2000+0000
C. Summers2000-3400
GoalieGPRec.GASAGAASv%
I. Bryzgalov6535-19-916020282.48.921
J. LaBarbera177-6-3485293.26.909
M. Climie10-0-01161.88.938
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