Series (Game 2 of 6)

Series tied 3-3

Game 1: Sunday, October 23rd
Game 2: Wednesday, November 23rd
Game 3: Wednesday, December 14th
Game 4: Wednesday, January 18th
Game 5: Tuesday, January 31st
Game 6: Saturday, March 31st

Ducks 2

(6-11-4, 16 pts)

Coyotes 4

(11-6-3, 25 pts)

9:00 PM ET, November 23, 2011

Gila River Arena, Glendale, Arizona

1 2 3 T
ANA 1 0 12
ARI 2 1 14

R. Vrbata (Coyotes - RW): Goals: 2, Assists: 0

K. Yandle (Coyotes - D): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

O. Ekman-Larsson (Coyotes - D): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

Ducks-Coyotes Preview


The Phoenix Coyotes are disappointed following two one-goal losses on their season-long trip, but at least they're coming home in a good position in the Pacific Division.

The Anaheim Ducks, meanwhile, remain at the bottom of the standings following another close defeat.

The Coyotes go for their fourth straight victory in this divisional matchup Wednesday night when the Ducks try to avoid their first seven-game road losing streak in two years.

The Coyotes (10-6-3) open this three-game stretch in the desert just two points off the division lead. The team's just-completed 3-2-0 trip included a 2-1 defeat to Philadelphia on Thursday -- they allowed the game-winner with 18.6 seconds left -- and Monday's 4-3 loss to Washington.

Phoenix yielded four unanswered goals after Radim Vrbata and Lauri Korpikoski provided a 2-0 lead with the team's first two short-handed goals of the season.

"We should've kept going after them," Korpikoski said following his first two-goal game since a 5-2 win in Anaheim on March 13. "... It was a long road trip but that's no excuse. It kind of slipped through our hands."

While the Coyotes' penalty kill continues to rate among the league's best at 87.5 percent, Coyotes coach Dave Tippett would like to see his team play with more focus after committing five penalties Monday.

Phoenix has a league-low 73 this season.

"There were some good spurts and sometimes we played very well and then there were still some areas we need to clean up and some players who could really give us a little more," Tippett told the Coyotes' official website. "We'll continue to push forward."

The Ducks (6-10-4) are looking to do the same as they try to rebound from their fourth consecutive loss, 4-2 to Detroit on Sunday. Anaheim has dropped 13 of 15, with 11 of those defeats coming by two or fewer goals.

"It's very frustrating and almost the cruel side of sports," coach Randy Carlyle told the Ducks' official website Sunday after his team rallied within one after facing a 3-0 deficit. "... We again mounted a comeback in the hockey game, but it just seems that we're one goal short again."

Getting off to a better start might help the Ducks avoid their first seven-game road skid since dropping nine straight (0-5-4) from Oct. 11-Dec. 11, 2009. They have been held scoreless in the first period of their last five games.

If that's going to improve, it will likely begin with the top line of Bobby Ryan, Corey Perry and captain Ryan Getzlaf. The trio has two goals -- both by Perry -- and eight assists in the last seven games.

"We are in a situation where we have to play ourselves out of it and that includes me," Getzlaf said. "I just have to keep playing and we have to lead by example."

Getzlaf snapped a seven-game goal-scoring drought against Phoenix with two in a 5-4 home loss Oct. 23.

Ducks goaltender Jonas Hiller, who was pulled in that game after allowing five goals on 19 shots, is 0-2-3 with a 2.97 goals-against average while losing his last five road starts.

Hiller allowed four goals and his night was cut short in the team's last matchup in Glendale, Ariz., a 6-2 Phoenix victory Jan. 15.

Coyotes netminder Mike Smith is 4-0-1 with a 1.87 GAA versus Anaheim after making 29 saves Oct. 23.

Martin Hanzal scored twice in that matchup for Phoenix, while Korpikoski and Keith Yandle each added a goal and an assist.