GAME: Minnesota Wild (11-14-5-0) at Phoenix Coyotes (10-10-8-1).
TIME: Monday, 9 p.m. EST.
Listening to the Phoenix Coyotes, it's hard to believe they have only one
loss in their last eight games. They certainly will sound a lot happier if they
can close their playing days at America West Arena with a win over the
This is the Coyotes' final game at the venue and last in Phoenix. They open
a four-game road trip Thursday and upon returning on Dec. 27, they'll open
Glendale Arena -- in a northwestern suburb of Phoenix -- by hosting the Nashville
The Coyotes, 4-1-3 since Nov. 27, settled for a 3-3 tie with the Edmonton
Oilers on Friday night. Sean Burke's play was solid as he made 39 saves and
helped stave off four of Edmonton's five power plays.
It was the second tie in three games for Phoenix, which remains five points
behind Pacific Division-leading Los Angeles.
"I've got to stop the puck. That's my job," said Burke, who is 5-1-1 in
his last seven starts at home. "As a team, we know we have to buckle down, but
I can't worry about other guys' jobs."
Daymond Langkow, Ladislav Nagy and Fredrik Sjostrom scored for the Coyotes,
who had just two shots in the first period.
"We can't hide behind our goaltender," Phoenix coach Bob Francis said.
"We have to pick it up."
Captain Shane Doan also did not seem thrilled by Friday's tie.
"It was a good game for them. For us, you have the lead at home in the
third period, you expect to win," Doan said.
The Wild, the NHL's third-lowest scoring team, got a pair of goals with less
than five minutes remaining for a 3-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday
The rare offensive output was a relief for Minnesota, which entered the
contest averaging 1.13 goals over its last eight games.
Antti Laaksonen tied it at 2-2 with his sixth of the season at the 15-minute
mark of the third period. With 24.3 seconds remaining, Jim Dowd's slap shot
from the top of the right circle deflected in for the game-winner.
"We started well and had a lot of chances, but couldn't get the goals again
early on," Wild coach Jacques Lemaire said. "I'm thankful we got a little bit
of luck there at the end to win this game."
After going 0-for-5 on the power play in Saturday's game, the Wild are just
2-for-34 with the man advantage in their last nine.