GAME: Dallas Stars (27-20-10-0) at Phoenix Coyotes (18-21-14-3).
TIME: Saturday, 9 p.m. EST.
The Dallas Stars seem to have everything working. The Phoenix Coyotes can't
get out of their own way.
The Stars will try to move into a tie for fifth place in the Western
Conference and extend their season-high unbeaten streak to nine games when they
travel to Glendale Arena to play the freefalling Phoenix Coyotes.
The Stars have used a 6-0-2 stretch to move within two points of Calgary in
the conference standings and four points of first-place San Jose in the Pacific
"It's always in the back of our minds," Stars coach Dave Tippett said.
"We want to hunt San Jose down."
Dallas was put to the test in its first game following six days off for the
All-Star break as they needed Bill Guerin's goal with 6.2 seconds left in
regulation to earn a 4-4 tie with the visiting New York Islanders on Wednesday.
Guerin's goal came off a wild scramble in front of Islanders goalie Garth
"When you're down a goal like that, you're doing anything you can to get
one back," said center Pierre Turgeon, who assisted on Guerin's goal. "With
only a little time left, you're just trying to crash the net, get traffic in
front of the goalie and get the puck to the net."
The Coyotes, meanwhile, are in danger of establishing their second nine-game
winless streak of the season.
Phoenix, which sits in 12th place in the West, fell to 0-6-1-1 during its
slide with Friday's 5-2 loss to the Islanders.
The Coyotes, who were staked to a two-goal lead after Jan Hrdina and Mike
Sillinger scored 52 seconds apart in the first period, fell to 2-7-2-2 in their
new arena and sit nine points behind eighth-place Nashville in the conference.
"Guys care in here and guys want to win," said goalie Brian Boucher, who
set a modern NHL record with five consecutive shutouts earlier this season.
"We have better effort, we have more emotion, but now it's like we've lost all