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Coyotes Seek Revenge vs. Stars

Saturday, 02.08.2014 / 9:55 AM | Dave Vest

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Coyotes Seek Revenge vs. Stars
Phoenix Coyotes vs. Dallas Stars

COYOTES (27-20-10) at STARS (26-21-10)

Season series: After not playing all season, the Phoenix Coyotes and Dallas Stars are meeting for the second time this week. The Coyotes will be seeking revenge after the Stars came to the desert on Tuesday and left with a 3-1 victory.

Big story: The Coyotes moved into the second Western Conference wild-card berth in the Stanley Cup Playoff race with a 2-0 home victory against the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday. But they could be jumped by the Stars if Dallas wins in regulation and the Vancouver Canucks don't beat the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Team Scope:

Coyotes: Phoenix plays its last pre-Olympic game on the road after an odd five-game homestand that saw the Coyotes beat three of the NHL's best teams, including the defending Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks, while losing to the Stars and the last-place Buffalo Sabres.

The Coyotes moved into the second wild-card spot by scoring two power-play goals and getting a 30-save performance by Mike Smith while playing in front of the largest regular-season crowd in their history -- one that included 10 members of the United States' 1980 "Miracle on ice" team.

"I thought our whole group battled hard," Head Coach Dave Tippett said. "There was a good atmosphere in the building. I was glad we went out and played well."

Tippett said Smith, who has stopped 90 of 93 shots in his last three starts, will get the start against the Stars.

Defenseman Keith Yandle, who notched a goal and an assist in Friday's win, needs one assist to tie Phil Housley for sixth place on the franchise’s all-time defensemen assists list.

Center Martin Hanzal, who missed Friday's game because of illness, traveled with the team to Dallas and could play.

Defenseman Michael Stone is set play in his 100th career NHL game.

Stars: Dallas returns home after getting one point on Thursday but letting a valuable second point slip away in a 2-1 overtime loss to the San Jose Sharks. The Stars fell to 1-6 in games that are decided in the five-minute overtime period and 3-4 in shootouts.

Head Coach Lindy Ruff said afterward he's concerned about the number of points his team is leaving on the table.

“It’s something we talked about right after the game. That’s an area we have to improve in. It’s not good enough,” Ruff said. “Those extra points are there. We lost coverage again on the goal and they made us pay for it."

Who's hot: Coyotes center Antoine Vermette has eight goals and four assists during a nine-game point streak. … Dallas goaltender Kari Lehtonen is 4-1-2 in his past seven decisions and has allowed 11 goals in that span.

Injury report: Coyotes defenseman Derek Morris didn't make the trip after leaving the game against Chicago in the first period with an upper-body injury… The Stars are without veteran defenseman Stephane Robidas (broken leg).

2013-2014 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Apr 13 '14 DAL 1 at PHX 2 D. Moss
Feb 08 '14 PHX 1 at DAL 2 V. Nichushkin
Feb 04 '14 DAL 3 at PHX 1 A. Roussel
M. Ribeiro58142640-43033
R. Vrbata56152439-61882
M. Boedker58152338-61830
K. Yandle5873138-174132
A. Vermette58211637+13262
M. Hanzal52142236-57142
S. Doan45151631-41663
O. Ekman-Larsson5682129+33654
L. Korpikoski4271320+11800
D. Moss5861319+21000
R. Klinkhammer549817+71011
D. Morris4551217+83500
M. Stone478614-133021
K. Chipchura56279-23800
J. Halpern45268-61400
T. Kennedy37268+0400
C. Murphy26178+41001
D. Schlemko43167+01400
Z. Michalek36156+72001
P. Bissonnette33156+34900
R. Klesla25134-32400
J. Szwarz26303-61901
A. Miele4022+2500
D. Rundblad12011-3600
C. Brown6000+01700
G. Brule3000-1200
L. Lessio3000-2200
B. Yip2000+0000
M. Smith4920-17-913115002.77.913
T. Greiss147-4-1243522.09.932
T. Seguin56243256+10464
J. Benn58222951+93442
V. Nichushkin55131528+16622
C. Eakin58121628-21831
R. Peverley5772027-61502
E. Cole58141125-112033
A. Chiasson5691625-192832
A. Goligoski5722224+12610
R. Whitney5171522-41220
R. Garbutt5111920+66301
A. Roussel5791019+013802
S. Gonchar5221618-81411
S. Horcoff577916-24040
B. Dillon585813+36400
J. Benn5421012+122410
T. Daley444711+12601
V. Fiddler523811+03101
K. Connauton25167-41200
S. Robidas24415+71210
C. Sceviour8314+2002
D. Jeffrey22022-4200
L. MacDermid6022+2500
A. Rome17011-1400
M. Fortunus1011+1000
C. Gaunce9000+1700
J. Oleksiak7000-3200
T. Morin3000+1000
C. Mueller1000+0000
K. Lehtonen4822-15-1011714012.48.916
D. Ellis135-5-0313292.94.906
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