GLENDALE, Ariz. --
The Coyotes will shoot for an 11-0-1 February to cap an incredible month that shot them from 12th place in the Western Conference to third on Tuesday when they meet the Vancouver Canucks
-- the only team to take a point away from Phoenix this month with a 2-1 shootout win over backup goalie Jason LaBarbera
on Feb. 13 in Vancouver.
The Coyotes are 5-1-1 against Western Canadian teams this season, but still looking for their first win over the Canucks, who humbled Phoenix 5-0 in Glendale way back on the day after Thanksgiving.
What's most amazing about the Coyotes' streak is they have pulled it off with as many as six regulars out of the lineup -- and five will miss the Vancouver game. Defensemen Rostislav Klesla
(upper body), Derek Morris
(leave of absence, family illness) and David Schlemko
(foot) all remain out but could be back within a week, and forwards Kyle Chipchura
(wrist) and Gilbert Brule
(upper body) are also still out.
The addition of Antoine Vermette
from Columbus and the play of young defensemen Chris Summers
and Michael Stone
have allowed Phoenix to keep rolling. Goalie Mike Smith
will go for his 11th straight win and has allowed just 15 goals in 10 starts in February.
Here is how the Coyotes will line up tonight:
- Martin Hanzal
- Radim Vrbata
- Antoine Vermette
- Shane Doan
- Daymond Langkow
- Mikkel Boedker
- Boyd Gordon
- Taylor Pyatt
- Adrian Aucoin
- Michal Rozsival
- Chris Summers