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COYOTES (4-2-1) at DUCKS (5-1-0)
Season series: This is the first of five meetings between the Pacific Division rivals.
The Phoenix Coyotes and Anaheim Ducks met four times last season, including three games in a five-day span, with the Coyotes winning three of the four games.
Big story: The Coyotes are looking to extend their road winning streak to four games. Meanwhile, the Ducks are looking for their sixth straight win as they continue a five-game homestand.
Coyotes: Despite blowing a two-goal lead in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Senators on Tuesday, the Coyotes have gained points in four straight games.
Phoenix is kicking off its second back-to-back set tonight. Last week, the Coyotes won both games of a back-to-back set at Detroit and then Philadelphia. Phoenix later beat Carolina to finish a week-long trip with three straight wins.
"They play well as a group," Head Coach Dave Tippett said about the Ducks. "Their top players - (Ryan) Getzlaf, (Corey) Perry - can have a big influence on the game... They're finding ways to win hockey games."
He added, "Hopefully we can have the same success that we finished the last trip with."
Mike Smith will start in goal. Smith owns an 8-3-1 record with a .903 save percentage and a 2.73 goals-against average in 13 career games vs. the Ducks.
"Sometimes you got to be lucky. But to be honest, that was not a very good hockey game from us," he said. "It was good that we won. A lot of times, like last year, we won the games when we didn't play really well. But, we just found a way to win again. That's a good thing. But it was not pretty out there, especially the third period. Viktor stole the points for us."
Fasth made 16 saves in the third period and came up huge as the Ducks escaped with two points.
"I was little shaky in the first 20 [minutes], I think. It was hard to read bounces. But I felt better the longer the game went and the guys really helped out there today. It was really good to get that win," Fasth said.
Who's hot: Rob Klinkhammer has three goals in his past two games for the Coyotes. … Dustin Penner, who had two goals for Anaheim all last season, has matched that total with goals in each of the past two games.
Injury report: Coyotes defenseman Derek Morris, who ranks eighth among NHL defensemen in scoring, is questionable because of a lower-body injury. ... Defensemen Luca Sbisa (left ankle) and Sheldon Souray (wrist) along with wing Matt Beleskey (upper body) are all on injured reserve for the Ducks.
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