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Preview: Ducks at Coyotes

Monday, 03.04.2013 / 5:16 PM

NHL.com | Dave Vest

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Preview: Ducks at Coyotes
Anaheim Ducks vs. Phoenix Coyotes

Season series: It's the second of four meetings and the second in three nights at Jobing.com Arena. The Coyotes earned a 5-4 shootout victory against the Ducks on Saturday.

Big story: The Coyotes continue to find ways to remain competitive in the incredibly tight Pacific Division. Phoenix has earned points in seven of its past 10 contests.

Fatigue started to set in for Anaheim on Saturday, playing its fifth game in seven days. However, Bruce Boudreau’s club still found a way to get a point by forcing the contest past regulation.

Team Scope:

Photo by Norm Hall.

Coyotes: Phoenix saw two key forwards snap out of offensive funks Saturday night. Steve Sullivan ended a 14-game drought, and Lauri Korpikoski found the back of the net after going 10 straight contests without a goal.

Head Coach Dave Tippett will be looking for them and all of his players to continue to play well against the Ducks, who are nine points ahead of Phoenix in the standings.

"They've played very well this year and they're at the top of our division and we're trying to scratch and claw and get up there," Tippett said.

Mike Smith will be back in goal for the Coyotes as they try to close a three-game homestand with a win.

Forward Chris Brown is expected to make his NHL debut tonight on a line with center Boyd Gordon and winger Raffi Torres. Brown notched 18 goals and 11 assists in 51 games this season playing for Portland in the American Hockey League.

Brown
"I'm excited, nervous, all the emotions you can think of," Brown said after Monday's morning skate. "But I'm really happy that I get the opportunity to put on the jersey and help out the team any way I can."

Note: CLICK HERE TO WATCH AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH BROWN.

If Brown plays tonight he will become the fifth player born in the state of Texas to play in the NHL. The others are Brian Leetch, Mike Christie, Tyler Myers, and Zach Redmond.

Center Martin Hanzal, who has missed the past five games because of an upper-body injury, skated with the team at the morning skate. Afterward, Tippett said Hanzal would be a game-time decision.

Ducks: Everyone is contributing in Anaheim, which is the main reason the Ducks find themselves atop the Pacific Division standings. Saturday night, it was Andrew Cogliano’s turn -- the veteran forward scored a hat trick to help his team get yet another point. Cogliano has six goals in his past three games at Jobing.com Arena.

“I can’t really explain it. I felt like our line was playing well and I was shooting the puck and finding the net,” said Cogliano, who has 19 points in 23 career games against Phoenix. “One was a pretty nice shot and then I was in the right spot found a way under (Mike Smith) twice.”

Doan

Who's hot: Coyotes captain Shane Doan is riding a two-game point streak and has 799 career points. ... Ducks forward Saku Koivu scored Saturday night, giving the veteran three goals and three assists in the past five games. …

Injury report: Phoenix is without two key forwards, Martin Hanzal (upper body) and Radim Vrbata (lower body). They are on injured reserve. So is defenseman David Schlemko (upper body). ... Anaheim forward Kyle Palmieri is unlikely to play after suffering an upper-body injury Saturday night.

2012-2013 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Apr 27 '13PHX 5 at ANA 3R. Vrbata
Mar 06 '13PHX 0 at ANA 2C. Perry
Mar 04 '13ANA 4 at PHX 5 - SOO. Ekman-Larsson
Mar 02 '13ANA 4 at PHX 5 - SOS. Sullivan
PlayerGPGAP+/-PIMPPGW
R. Getzlaf2181725+81021
S. Koivu2171320+101240
C. Perry2161420+82443
T. Selanne2161117+0420
B. Ryan2161117-1210
A. Cogliano218614+11201
F. Beauchemin2121113+121000
D. Winnik215611+10600
K. Palmieri207310+1423
N. Bonino215510-5810
S. Souray20448+132522
M. Beleskey21527+33101
B. Lovejoy14066+0400
L. Sbisa20055-2600
T. Lydman18033-2800
E. Etem12033+1200
B. Allen19022+22100
C. Fowler12022-1400
P. Maroon9101-1500
P. Holland5101+0410
B. Staubitz7000-13900
D. Smith-Pelly5000-2000
R. Rakell4000-2000
S. Vatanen3000+1000
J. Hendry2000+0000
B. McMillan1000-1000
GoalieGPRec.GASAGAASv%
V. Fasth129-1-1253222.08.922
J. Hiller106-2-2312793.24.889
PlayerGPGAP+/-PIMPPGW
M. Boedker2241216+0420
O. Ekman-Larsson2231316+111401
K. Yandle224913+23021
S. Doan226612-11901
A. Vermette226612-11412
R. Vrbata154812-1810
L. Korpikoski226511+2410
M. Hanzal137310-2222
S. Sullivan195510-41820
K. Chipchura224610+74100
D. Moss222810+31000
R. Torres14437+1900
N. Johnson15426+3011
M. Lombardi10246+0010
D. Morris17066-21800
B. Gordon22055-2600
M. Stone15213-5810
P. Bissonnette14033+32000
R. Klesla13112-3400
Z. Michalek22022+81200
D. Schlemko9022+1200
D. Rundblad8011-5000
A. Bolduc7000-3200
C. Summers5000-4900
A. Miele1000+1000
C. Brown1000+0200
GoalieGPRec.GASAGAASv%
M. Smith189-6-2494912.90.900
J. LaBarbera51-2-091022.58.912
C. Johnson21-0-12420.98.952
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