Minnesota (15-10-1) at Phoenix (13-13-2), 9:00 pm EST
GLENDALE, Arizona (Ticker) — After missing his team’s previous
six games with a shoulder injury, Olli Jokinen gave the Phoenix
Coyotes a much-needed boost.
Jokinen and the Coyotes hope to notch their second two-game win
streak in December when they host the Minnesota Wild on
Jokinen scored a pair of power-play goals as the Coyotes
recorded a 5-3 triumph over the Dallas Stars on Wednesday and
snapped a two-game skid.
“It’s been a month since the last time I scored a goal,” said
Jokinen, who scored twice on November 9 in a 4-2 victory over
the San Jose Sharks. “It’s always good to score, but the
bottom line is, we got two points for a win.”
Jokinen hurt his shoulder during a 3-2 win over the the Columbus
Blue Jackets on November 26 after being checked into the boards.
The injury snapped his consecutive games streak at 397.
Minnesota has dropped two straight and three of four in
December. Its offense has fizzled in its last two games after
scoring nine goals in the first two this month. The Wild were
edged, 2-1, by the Vancouver Canucks on Friday and then fell,
1-0, to the Nashville Predators the following night.
They received good news on Wednesday, though, as injured star
Marian Gaborik practiced with the team for the first time since
suffering a lower body injury in October.
Gaborik, the only player remaining from the franchise’s
inaugural season eight years ago, has missed a total of 80 games
since the lockout ended in 2005.
He has missed all but two games this season.