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Coyotes Face Red-Hot Ducks

Saturday, 12.28.2013 / 12:44 PM | Dave Vest

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Coyotes Face Red-Hot Ducks
Phoenix Coyotes vs. Anaheim Ducks

COYOTES (19-10-8) at DUCKS (27-7-5)

Season series: The Anaheim Ducks have won the first three of their five games against the Phoenix Coyotes, including two at Honda Center.

Big story: The NHL's hottest team comes home after sweeping a four-game swing through the East. A victory against Phoenix, which has earned at least one point in four straight games, will give Anaheim the first 10-game winning streak in its history. The

Team Scope:

Coyotes: Ten years after opening Arena with a loss to the Nashville Predators on Dec. 27, 2003, Phoenix did a little better Friday. The Coyotes didn't win, but the 4-3 shootout loss to the San Jose Sharks did earn them another much-needed point.

"We were up, we were down, we battled back, and when you get to the shootout anything can happen," said forward David Moss, who scored two of Phoenix's goals. "We're playing a lot of close games and you'd like to get the two points, but we're right around it."

Moss, who will play in his 400th NHL game tonight, has scored five goals this season, including three in the past nine games.

“Good, hard-working goals,” Tippett said of Moss's two tallies on Friday. “One he’s coming back on a forecheck and grabs a loose puck, and the other is a place in front of the net where he’s very good. You watch him in practice he deflects a lot of pucks. He gets his stick on a lot of pucks.”

Tippett earned his 400th point as the team’s head coach on Friday and became just the second bench boss in franchise history to reach the 400-point plateau behind Bob Francis (411).

Backup goalie Thomas Greiss is expected to start in goal for the Coyotes. Greiss is 4-2-0 with a 2.20 goals-against average and a .926 save percentage in eight games this season.

Defenseman Keith Yandle, who leads the team in scoring against Pacific Division opponents (3-9-12) this season, has scored seven of his 57 career goals vs. the Ducks.

Center Kyle Chipchura, who played for the Ducks during the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons, will play in his 300th NHL game tonight.

Ducks: Anaheim is playing tag with the Chicago Blackhawks in the race for the NHL's best record. Chicago has 60 points, one more than the Ducks, but Anaheim has a game in hand. Another advantage for the Ducks is the schedule: 26 of their remaining 43 games are at Honda Center, where they've taken home 28 of 30 possible points.

The Ducks' nine-game winning streak is two games longer than the previous franchise record.

"We've got to continue to improve, and get better," Head Coach Bruce Boudreau told the media after practice Friday. "If we continue to improve and get better, we're going to be fine. But if we stay the same, then we're not going to be fine, because the last half of the year the better teams always get better. That's why the hockey in March and April is so much better than it is in October. Our focus is on getting better."

Who's hot: Coyotes forward Radim Vrbata has a goal in two of the past three games. … Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf has five points in the past two games and leads the team with 44.

Injury report: Phoenix capatain Shane Doan (illness), and defensemen Zbynek Michalek (hip) and Rostislav Klesla (illness) are out. … Anaheim defensemen Luca Sbisa (hand) and Sheldon Souray (wrist), and goaltender Viktor Fasth (lower body) are out.

2013-2014 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Jan 11 '14 ANA 5 at PHX 3 R. Getzlaf
Dec 28 '13 PHX 2 at ANA 3 - OT S. Koivu
Nov 23 '13 ANA 4 at PHX 2 C. Perry
Nov 06 '13 PHX 2 at ANA 5 C. Perry
Oct 18 '13 PHX 2 at ANA 3 - SO J. Silfverberg
M. Ribeiro38101929-22022
R. Vrbata36111728-41652
M. Hanzal35111526-24721
M. Boedker38101424-11220
K. Yandle3842024-82820
S. Doan27121123+1862
A. Vermette38121022+31831
O. Ekman-Larsson3841822+62823
R. Klinkhammer387714+12801
D. Moss385914+5800
D. Morris2641014+21800
M. Stone32729-41821
L. Korpikoski22448+01200
K. Chipchura38257-53000
T. Kennedy23167+7400
D. Schlemko27156+0800
P. Bissonnette22156+41100
C. Murphy15145+3801
J. Halpern26134-91000
R. Klesla18134-31000
Z. Michalek24044+101000
J. Szwarz20202-61901
A. Miele4022+2500
D. Rundblad10011-3400
C. Brown5000+01700
G. Brule3000-1200
L. Lessio3000-2200
B. Yip2000+0000
M. Smith3215-8-88910322.83.914
T. Greiss94-2-1172292.30.926
R. Getzlaf37192544+171546
C. Perry40221941+173447
N. Bonino40101525+2821
D. Penner32101424+192642
A. Cogliano40111223+131600
C. Fowler4041822+7821
M. Perreault3471219+111201
D. Winnik4011718+31200
S. Koivu257714+71201
K. Palmieri356713+01504
H. Lindholm3731013+211401
T. Selanne314711+3811
E. Etem266410+2411
B. Lovejoy381910+121000
S. Vatanen30459+21410
J. Silfverberg16538+5800
D. Smith-Pelly16178+5200
F. Beauchemin30088+192100
B. Allen37077+133600
P. Maroon23246+32800
M. Beleskey19145-11300
A. Grant2202+3200
T. Jackman20112-26500
M. Fistric16112+31600
P. Holland4101-1200
L. Sbisa9011-52500
R. Rakell7011+0200
N. Yonkman2011-1000
D. Steckel4000+0000
J. Hiller2617-4-4627162.39.913
F. Andersen109-1-0182631.87.932
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