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GAME: Phoenix Coyotes (9-10-6-1) at Chicago Blackhawks (6-14-4-3).

TIME: Sunday, 7 p.m. EST.

The Phoenix Coyotes look to close out their five-game road trip with a winning record when they meet the struggling Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center.

Phoenix started its eastern swing 2-0-1 before falling to the NHL-leading Philadelphia Flyers 3-2 on Friday.

Branko Radivojevic scored 13 seconds into the game to give Phoenix an early 1-0 lead, but the Coyotes had trouble containing Philadelphia's offense.

"One mistake followed by another puts you in trouble," Coyotes center Shane Doan said.

The Coyotes were unbeaten in their previous four games. After opening their trip with a 3-3 tie against the Boston Bruins Sunday, they earned victories over the New Jersey Devils and Buffalo Sabres.

Phoenix coach Bob Francis said the Coyotes could not maintain their intensity against Philadelphia.

"(The Flyers) are a tough team, a deep team," Francis said. "They are big, strong and they come at you in waves."

Francis will look for a stronger effort against the woeful Blackhawks.

Chicago is winless in 13 games (0-9-1-3) and has lost eight straight -- all but one in regulation.

Mark Bell and Tyler Arnason both scored on Saturday, but the Blackhawks lost to the New York Islanders 5-2.

"We know it's up to 13 now," Chicago defenseman Steve Poapst said of the streak. "It's the guys in this room that are going to have to turn it around."

Poapst admitted the Blackhawks' margin for error seems very small at the moment.

"It seems we make one or two more mistakes than the other team," Poapst said. "We hit three posts, and if those go a quarter-inch in the other direction, the result certainly could have been different."

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