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COYOTES COUNTRY TAKES ON HOCKEYTOWN THURSDAY NIGHT

by Staff Writer / Arizona Coyotes
By: Matt Rosen

Photo Credit: Norm Hall

It's the midway point in the season for the Phoenix Coyotes and they're the hottest team in the National Hockey League having won seven straight and are undefeated in regulation in their last nine games with a 8-0-1 record. This latest surge has put the Coyotes back into the thick of things in the Western Conference as they currently sit just three points behind the Minnesota Wild for the eighth and final playoff spot. The Coyotes have yet to lose a game in 2007 and after a five-game road trip, their longest of the season, the Coyotes head home to battle their arch rivals the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday night.

Thursday's game is perhaps the biggest game of the season for the Coyotes thus far. With Tuesday night's win over the Dallas Stars, the Coyotes have surpassed the .500 mark for the first time since early October and have a chance to gain even more ground in the Western Conference.

The Coyotes have without a doubt been the hottest team in the league over the last three weeks, but on home ice they may just be even hotter. Over their last 11-games at Jobing.com Arena, the Desert Dogs are 8-2-1, a record achieved by knocking off some the best teams in the NHL, including the Anaheim Ducks (First in the Western Conference), the Nashville Predators (First in the Central Division), the San Jose Sharks (Forth in Western Conference) and the New Jersey Devils (First in the Atlantic Division).

Goaltender Curtis Joseph had a phenomenal week, capturing his 437th and 438th career wins, placing him in sole possession of fifth place on the NHL's All-time wins list. He is now just nine wins away from tying Hall of Fame netminder Terry Sawchuck for 4th place all-time and could get one step closer with a victory against his former team, the Detroit Red Wings.

The second half of the Coyotes season begins today and it is time to come out to Jobing.com Arena and support the Coyotes in their march toward the postseason. The playoffs are within sight and the Coyotes are poised to capture a spot among the top eight teams in the Western Conference.

The Detroit Red Wings will play the Coyotes at Jobing.com Arena on Thursday, it's "Coyotes Country" vs. "Hockeytown" so come out and watch the NHL's hottest team send the Wings back to Detroit with their Octopi in hand.

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