Phoenix (8-6-0) at Minnesota (8-4-1), 8:00 pm EST
ST. PAUL, Minnesota (Ticker) — Being the youngest team in the
NHL has become the tag of the Phoenix Coyotes. Their veterans,
however, are behind their current winning streak.
Captain Shane Doan and goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov hope to lead
the Coyotes to their fourth straight win when they visit the
Minnesota Wild on Thursday.
Phoenix has won three in a row for the first time since February
14-18 of last season after a 5-2 victory over the Columbus Blue
Jackets on Wednesday. Doan recorded two tallies for his third
two-goal game of the season and 30th of his career.
Bryzgalov was brilliant once again in his seventh consecutive
start, turning aside 31 shots and holding the opposition to less
than three goals for the sixth time in that span.
Other than a three-game stretch when he gave up four goals twice
and six goals once, Bryzgalov has allowed more than two goals in
a game just once.
Second-year center Peter Mueller has recorded points in seven of
his last 10 games, while 10-year veteran Olli Jokinen has nine
points over a seven-game stretch.
Due to shoddy offensive production, the Wild have dropped four
of six. They are coming off a 2-0 loss to the Vancouver Canucks
on Saturday and have scored just 10 goals in their last six
Minnesota has not tallied more than three goals in a game since
October 16, a 6-2 win over the Florida Panthers.