Phoenix (24-25-5) at Dallas (26-19-7), 8:30 pm EST
DALLAS (Ticker) — The Phoenix Coyotes are quickly falling out
of the Western Conference playoff race.
The Coyotes will attempt to end a six-game losing streak
Wednesday, when they visit Marty Turco and the red-hot Dallas
Steven Goertzen and captain Shane Doan both scored as Phoenix
suffered a 7-2 thrashing from the Carolina Hurricanes on
Saturday. The Coyotes have been outscored by a 25-10 margin
over their current slide.
Phoenix has a tough task in this one, facing one of the NHL’s
hottest teams since the All-Star break. Behind the improved
play of Turco, the Stars have won seven of their last eight.
Turco, who will break a 40-year-old franchise record with his
24th consecutive start, made 25 saves in Sunday’s 4-1 triumph
over the Nashville Predators. Cesare Maniago set the record
during the 1968-69 season, starting in 23 straight games.
The 33-year-old Turco is 25-17-7 with a 2.88 goals-against
average and two shutouts this season.
Turco’s efforts have helped the Stars climb into a tie for fifth
place in the West, while the Coyotes have dropped to 13th – four
points out of the final playoff spot.