Series (Game 6 of 6)

Arizona leads 4-2

Game 1: Saturday, October 31st
Game 2: Saturday, November 7th
Game 3: Sunday, November 29th
Game 4: Saturday, December 19th
Game 5: Wednesday, December 23rd
Game 6: Saturday, March 6th

Ducks 0

(30-27-7, 67 pts)

Coyotes 4

(39-22-5, 83 pts)

8:00 PM ET, March 6, 2010

Gila River Arena, Glendale, Arizona

1 2 3 T
ANA 0 0 00
ARI 1 2 14

I. Bryzgalov (Coyotes - G): Saves: 32, Save Pct.: 1.000

W. Wolski (Coyotes - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

V. Fiddler (Coyotes - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

Ducks-Coyotes Preview


Two of the top players the Phoenix Coyotes acquired before the trading deadline made an immediate impact with their new team.

Coach Dave Tippett hopes this is a sign of things to come.

Wojtek Wolski and Lee Stempniak look to build on impressive debuts and help the Coyotes win their second in a row Saturday night when they host the Anaheim Ducks.

Sitting in fourth place in the Western Conference with 81 points, Phoenix (38-22-5) appears to have a good chance of reaching the playoffs for the first time since 2002. Unlike previous seasons, when the Coyotes were essentially out of postseason contention at the trading deadline, this year's team made an NHL-high seven deals Wednesday to bolster its chances of making a deep playoff run.

Two of Phoenix's biggest additions are Wolski and Stempniak, and both scored goals in Thursday's 3-1 victory over Colorado.

Stempniak, acquired from Toronto, scored in the first period and Wolski, traded from the Avalanche, scored the go-ahead goal with 22 seconds left against his former team. Radim Vrbata added an empty-net score with a second left for his team-leading 21st goal.

"Nice to be thrown right in the mix," Stempniak said. "Great being part of a winning team."

Stempniak and Wolski have combined for 33 goals on the season, and are expected to give Phoenix's offense a boost. Tippett is excited about the prospects of these two goal-scorers becoming more comfortable with their new surroundings.

"Nice to see contributions from the new players, but, right now, this is a work in progress," Tippett said. "Overall, we have to play better. We'll continue to tweak things until we get it right."

While the Coyotes appear to be moving in the right direction heading into the final stretch of the season, the Ducks (30-26-7) are hoping to bounce back from a discouraging defeat.

In its first game since the Olympic break, Anaheim lost to Colorado 4-3 on Wednesday, snapping a franchise-best 11-game home winning streak. The Ducks, who had won 14 of 20 before the break, squandered a 2-0 second-period lead and wasted a chance to move into ninth place in the West.

"We worked hard before the break to get into a position where we could at least chase a playoff spot," captain Scott Niedermayer said. "That's why we're so disappointed we let that one slip away"

Trying to rebound from this loss in Arizona, might not be that easy.

The Ducks have lost 11 of 17 away from Anaheim, while the Coyotes are 17-5-2 at home since Nov. 21. In the last meeting between these teams on Dec. 23, four different players scored for Phoenix in a 4-0 home win.

Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 21 shots in that game, and made 23 saves Thursday to tie the franchise record for wins with 33 held by three others. Bryzgalov, who spent his first 4 1/2 seasons with the Ducks, has been in net for all five games against his former team this season, going 3-2-0 with a 2.36 goals-against average.