Coyotes hope for another strong offensive effort

Dallas (17-17-5) at Phoenix (20-17-5), 9:00 p.m. EST

GLENDALE, Arizona (Ticker) — Though Phoenix Coyotes coach Wayne
Gretzky never had much trouble scoring during his storied
career, his young team is still struggling to find ways to end
dry spells.

Coming off a much-needed win, the Coyotes hope to display more
prowess on the offensive end when they host the Dallas Stars on

Phoenix entered its 3-2 triumph over the Tampa Bay Lightning
with a 126-minute, 26-second goal-less drought, which included a
6-0 home loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday.

Still, they are in the Western Conference playoff picture thanks
to a 14-6-2 record at home. If anything is to eventually deter
Phoenix from clinching its first postseason berth since 2002, it
will be a shoddy record on the road (6-11-3) and an abundance of
inexperienced talent.

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Nevertheless, those youngsters have produced. Kyle Turris
scored the game-winner against Tampa Bay, and fellow rookie
Mikkel Boedker was elected to skate in the YoungStars Game,
which is slated for January 24 at the Bell Centre in Montreal as
part of the All-Star weekend festivities.

Dallas, meanwhile, fell to defending Stanley Cup champion
Detroit Red Wings, 6-1, on Thursday and surrendered six goals in
a game for the fifth time this season.

The Stars have lost two of three and will wrap up a four-game
road trip with this contest.