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TV: WGN, FS-Arizona Plus
LAST 10: Chicago 3-6-1; Phoenix 6-3-1
Season Series: The Coyotes have won two of three this season against the Blackhawks, though one victory came in the shootout. The Blackhawks won the first contest in Phoenix, 5-2 on Oct. 18; the Coyotes won twice in Chicago.
Big Story: Jeremy Roenick will be inducted into the Coyotes Ring of Honor, while Phoenix tries to keep rolling against a struggling Chicago club that has lost seven in a row.
Blackhawks: After six straight losses, the Hawks played a hard, spirited game in San Jose -- but the end result was the same. The Hawks allowed three power-play goals and wound up with its seventh straight loss, a 5-3 defeat that left Chicago winless through the first five games of its nine-game trip.
Hawks captain Jonathan Toews said his team's performance was better, even if the results were not.
"We played hard tonight, we had fights, scratched and clawed and had some ugly goals. We played the way we had to," he said. "We gave them too many opportunities on the power play. It always seems like it is one thing or the other, but I think we are getting closer to playing a complete game."
"The good news is that we can bounce back right away tomorrow night, if we have another effort like we did tonight."Coyotes : Just as the Blackhawks seem to annually be searching for stability in net around this time of year, the Coyotes have their own trend -- they really like it when the calendar moves past January. Phoenix has won four straight games to move into the eighth spot in the Western Conference, and this is the third straight season in which the Coyotes have made a big move in February.
"Now you're back where you want to be, but at the same time we can't be content with that," captain Shane Doan said. "We're not looking to just crawl … we have to keep pushing and see how far with can take this."
Who's Hot : Toews has cooled a bit during the team's recent struggles, but he has 14 points in his last 12 games. … Phoenix forward Ray Whitney has points in seven straight games, with 11 points in all during that span.
Stat Pack: Duncan Keith logs a ton of minutes for the Blackhawks and has a Norris Trophy on his resume, but he is not at that level this season. Keith has been on the ice for 56 goals against at even strength, including one at San Jose, tied with Anaheim's Cam Fowler for the most in the League. …Chicago has allowed seven power-play goals on 23 chances during its slump.
Puck Drop: The Coyotes will honor Roenick, who began his career in Chicago but played 454 games in six seasons with Phoenix. He was a two-time All-Star during his time with the Coyotes and still lives in the Phoenix area now that his career is over.
"When an honor like this is bestowed on you, when they're actually putting your jersey up in the rafters, that is special," Roenick told NHL.com. "I don't think it has hit me yet that they're doing this for me. The ultimate goal is the Hall of Fame, and I think the second best honor you can be given is for what you have done for a team. It's great that the Coyotes are doing this for me."