Mighty Ducks-Coyotes Preview
GAME: Anaheim Mighty Ducks (25-30-9-8) at Phoenix Coyotes (20-31-16-5).
TIME: Tuesday, 9 p.m. EST.
As the Phoenix Coyotes try to break their 12-game winless streak, they could
again be without captain Shane Doan.
Doan, who has missed two games with a charley horse, said he is questionable
for the Coyotes' matchup with the visiting Anaheim Mighty Ducks.
Doan leads the Coyotes in points and assists, and has scored 23 goals this
season - second on the team to Ladislav Nagy, who is out for the remainder of
the season with a dislocated left wrist.
The Coyotes have not won since beating Columbus 3-2 on Feb. 20. Their slide
continued Sunday with a 4-1 loss to Colorado.
Despite their struggles, Coyotes coach Rick Bowness said he was pleased with
the way his team played against the Avalanche.
"We played much better than the score indicated," he said. "It was 1-0
going into the third period, and we had a great chance to win. Then we had
three or four glorious scoring opportunities right off the bat and didn't
"The only thing hurting us right now is our inexperience, and there's
nothing anybody can do about that. We just have to let the kids play and learn
from their mistakes."
The Ducks have also struggled of late, losing four straight by a combined
score of 15-5. It is Anaheim's longest skid since opening the season with five
Now 11 points behind the Los Angeles Kings for the final playoff spot in the
Western Conference, the Ducks are about to become the first since 1993 to fail
to make the playoffs a season after advancing to the Stanley Cup finals.
After the Ducks fell to the Kings 5-1 on Sunday, goalie Jean-Sebastien
Giguere said Anaheim's defensive effort needs to improve.
"(The Kings) played pretty well, but we've got to make a commitment to
defense a little bit more," Giguere said. "That's the bottom line. We've got
to be less intimidated by those guys."
STANDINGS: Mighty Ducks - 67 points, 4th place, 20 PB, Pacific Division.
Coyotes - 61 points, 5th place, 26 PB, Pacific Division.
TEAM LEADERS: Mighty Ducks - Sergei Fedorov, 25 goals, 31 assists and 56
points; Garrett Burnett, 148 PIM. Coyotes - Nagy, 24 goals; Doan, 40 assists
and 63 points; Andrei Nazarov, 125 PIM.
SPECIAL TEAMS (through March 14): Mighty Ducks - Power play: 16.5 percent
(46 for 278), 12th in NHL. Penalty killing: 84.5 percent (261 for 309), 12th.
Coyotes - Power play: 14.8 percent (47 for 318), 24th. Penalty killing: 82.0
percent (296 for 361), 23rd.
GOALTENDERS: Mighty Ducks - Giguere (15-28-5, 3 SO, 2.62 GAA); Martin Gerber
(10-10-4, 2, 2.27). Coyotes - Brian Boucher (9-17-8, 5, 2.78); Brent Johnson
(4-5-2, 1, 2.39).
SEASON SERIES: Coyotes, 2-1-1.
LAST MEETING: Feb. 23; Tie, 1-1, OT. At Phoenix, Giguere stopped 37 shots,
but the Coyotes' Daymond Langkow scored late in the second period to help
Phoenix rally for the tie.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Mighty Ducks - 8-21-3-4 on the road; Coyotes - 10-17-6-3