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Coyotes need wins now, starting with game vs. Sharks

Monday, 04.15.2013 / 3:14 PM

By Jerry Brown - NHL.com Correspondent / 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

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Coyotes need wins now, starting with game vs. Sharks

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Phoenix Coyotes remain in control of their playoff destiny, but the grip on that control is getting looser and looser.

The Coyotes' 1-1-1 road trip to Western Canada left them alive in the playoff race but in need of a great finish -- likely 12 points out their final seven games -- beginning Monday night when they open a two-game homestand against the San Jose Sharks at Jobing.com Arena.

The Coyotes swept three games and all six points on their past homestand, and need to do the same against the Sharks and St. Louis Blues on Thursday to have any serious chance to reach the Stanley Cup Playoffs for a fourth straight year. Points in eight of the past nine games (5-1-3) have kept them afloat but even overtime losses aren't good enough anymore.

Phoenix will still be without Lauri Korpikoski (upper body) and the Coyotes sent Chris Brown back to Portland of the American Hockey League. Phoenix coach Dave Tippett indicated that all seven Phoenix defensemen might be employed against the Sharks.

The Sharks put themselves in great playoff position with a six-game winning streak that ended on April 7. But they are 0-2-2 since them and are 0-2-1 as they end a four-game road trip tonight. San Jose has struggled on the road all season (7-12-2) and two of their final three road games at in Glendale, where they will return on April 24.

The game will mark the Glendale return of winger Raffi Torres, who was traded by the Coyotes to the Sharks an hour before the trade deadline. Torres has played in four of San Jose's six games since the deal, chipping in two assists.

SHARKS

Patrick MarleauLogan CoutureMartin Havlat

TJ GaliardiJoe ThorntonBrent Burns

Raffi TorresJoe Pavelski - Tommy Wingels

Andrew DesjardinsScott GomezAdam Burish

Matt IrwinDan Boyle

Brad StuartJason Demers

Marc-Edouard VlasicJustin Braun

Antti Niemi

Thomas Greiss

Scratched: Tim Kennedy, James Sheppard, Matt Tennyson

Injured: Scott Hannan (neck)

COYOTES

Radim Vrbata - Martin Hanzal - Shane Doan

Mikkel Boedker - Antoine Vermette - Chris Conner

David Moss - Boyd Gordon - Rob Klinkhammer

Kyle ChipchuraAlexandre Bolduc

Zbynek Michalek - Oliver Ekman-Larsson

Keith Yandle - Derek Morris

David Schlemko - Michael Stone

Rostislav Klesla

Mike Smith

Jason LaBarbera

Scratched: Paul Bissonnette

Injured: Lauri Korpikoski (upper body)

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