NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Monday, April 8th
(All times Eastern)
Phoenix Coyotes (17-15-6) at Vancouver Canucks (21-11-6), 10 p.m.
(Sports Network) - After taking care of business at home, the Phoenix Coyotes
need to collect some road wins down the stretch if they hope to make the
The Coyotes kick off a three-game swing on Monday night with a matchup against
the Northwest Division-leading Vancouver Canucks.
Phoenix swept a three-game homestand thanks to wins over Los Angeles, Detroit
and Colorado and jumped into the ninth spot in the Western Conference. The
Coyotes sit three points back of the eighth-place Detroit Red Wings with 10
games to play.
Seven of those will come on the road, where Phoenix is just 4-8-5 this season
compared to 13-7-1 at home.
The Coyotes concluded their trip with a 4-0 victory over the Avalanche in Mike
Smith's return to action.
Smith had missed the previous six games with an upper body injury, but made 24
saves to notch his fifth shutout of the season -- tied for the league lead --
and 24th of his career.
"I didn't want to go in tonight and be tentative," Smith said. "I wanted to go
out there and do what I do."
Mikkel Boedker scored in the first period, while Martin Hanzal, Shane Doan and
Boyd Gordon all notched goals in the second frame. Hanzal and Doan also had
assists to stretch Phoenix's point streak to six straight games (4-0-2). The
club's current three-game winning streak is a season high.
Phoenix will try to extend that run tonight and has won four of its last five
The Canucks take aim at their third straight victory and won for the eighth
time in their last 10 games with Saturday's 5-2 win over the Calgary Flames.
Henrik Sedin, Daniel Sedin and Alexandre Burrows combined for eight points,
while Cory Schneider made 36 saves.
Vancouver is two points ahead of the Minnesota Wild for the top spot in the
Henrik Sedin scored once and notched the 600th and 601st assists of his
career, while brother Daniel had three helpers. Burrows finished with a goal
and an assist, while Dan Hamhuis, Dale Weise and Alexander Edler added goals.
"Hank, Danny and Burrows had some great shifts in their end and generated some
scoring chances and some big goals," Schneider said. "Our best players were
our best players tonight."
The Canucks wrap a three-game homestand with tonight's contest before playing
their next five on the road.
04/08 10:40:57 ET