Minnesota (6-2-1) at Phoenix (4-4-0) 10:00 p.m. EDT
GLENDALE, Arizona (Ticker) — A shuffling of the offensive lines
did wonders for the Phoenix Coyotes in their last game.
The Coyotes try to continue the momentum built from a lopsided
win when they host the Minnesota Wild on Saturday.
After Phoenix managed two goals or fewer in four of five games,
coach Wayne Gretzky decided it was time for a change. Gretzky
rearranged his forward pairings, a move that evidently worked as
the Coyotes posted a 4-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on
Rookie Kevin Porter scored his first career goal and Olli
Jokinen also tallied for Phoenix. Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 27
shots and Steven Reinprecht notched a pair of assists.
The Wild enter Saturday’s contest after suffering their first
two regulation losses of the season. Minnesota opened the
campaign 6-0-1 before dropping decisions to Dallas and Montreal.
After surrendering four tallies in regulation for the first time
in a two-goal loss to the Stars on Wednesday, the Wild lost a
hard-luck 2-1 decision to the Canadiens the following day.