GAME: New York Rangers (13-13-5-3) at Phoenix Coyotes (11-12-11-1).
TIME: Monday, 9 p.m. EST.
Unable to win their first game in their new home, the Phoenix Coyotes will
try again when they face the New York Rangers for the only time this season.
The Coyotes' first game in the new $220 million Glendale Arena didn't go as
planned Saturday, as Nashville scored the first two goals and held on for a 3-1
The suburban arena is expected to make the Coyotes profitable after the team
lost millions each season playing at America West Arena in downtown Phoenix,
where more than one-fourth of the 16,200 hockey seats had an obstructed view of
"We wanted to send the fans home happy, and we couldn't do that," Coyotes
captain Shane Doan said. "We never really gave the crowd a chance to get the
festivities going after all the pregame ceremonies and things. And if you can
do that early in the first period, it makes a big difference."
Brian Savage scored the lone goal for Phoenix, 1-2-4 in its last seven
Playing in a new arena should give the Coyotes an advantage, but it may take
them a few games to get used to the new surroundings.
"The sight lines are great, and it's loud," goalie Sean Burke said. "The
boards were a little bouncy. There was a play there in the first period when
the puck came right off and almost caught me. That's something we're going to
have to be aware of, but that's the advantage of us being in this building all
the time and, hopefully, we'll learn those little quirks."
Saturday marked just the second time in nine games that Doan failed to
record a point. He has five goals and nine assists in 12 games this month.
Monday will be the first stop on a four-game road trip for the inconsistent
Rangers, who have posted back-to-back wins just once since Nov. 1.
"This trip is something that can help describe our team," Rangers
assistant coach Tom Renney said. "That sort of character is something we don't
really have yet."
New York rallied from a three-goal deficit and gained a point before losing
in overtime to Toronto, 6-5 on Friday.
Mike Dunham allowed five goals on just 13 shots before he was pulled in
favor of Jussi Markkanen to start the third period. Dunham is 3-7-2 in his last
12 decisions while Markkanen is 4-1-1 in his past six.
Defenseman Brian Leetch may not play Monday due to the flu and a bruised
foot sustained in Friday's loss.
New York is 0-3-2 in Phoenix since a 3-1 win on Nov. 26, 1996.