Florida (18-22-7) at Phoenix (22-22-2) 9:00 pm EST
GLENDALE, Arizona (Ticker) -- Following a brief respite from the
rigors of the road, the Florida Panthers commence another trek
when they visit the Phoenix Coyotes on Thursday.
The Panthers opened 2006 with a 2-2-1 road trip before returning
home to split a pair of contests, capped by Saturday's 5-4
overtime loss to Columbus.
Nathan Horton's 18th goal of the season with 47 seconds
remaining in regulation allowed Florida to extend the contest
into overtime, when it allowed a power-play tally with just 12
Joe Nieuwendyk had a goal and an assist for the Panthers, who
suffered just their second loss in their last eight home games
despite a 52-23 advantage in shots.
The Coyotes will try to avoid falling below .500 following a
miserable start to their three-game road trip on Monday.
After winning the final two games of a three-game road trip,
Phoenix suffered a 6-1 loss to Washington.
Shane Doan provided the lone tally for the Coyotes, who lost
for the fifth time in seven games.