San Jose (19-3-1) at Phoenix (10-10-2), 9:00 pm EST
GLENDALE, Arizona (Ticker) — The San Jose Sharks have been
nearly impossible to beat at home. Lately, they have been just
as dominant on the road.
Armed with the league’s best offense, the Sharks can notch their
second seven-game win streak of the season when they visit the
Phoenix Coyotes on Saturday.
San Jose, which leads the NHL with 89 goals, won seven straight
from October 25-November 8. However, their run ended with a 4-2
loss at Phoenix the next night.
During their current six-game win streak, the Sharks have netted
32 goals and benefited from the return of goaltender Evgeni
Nabokov. Sidelined for seven contests with a lower-body injury,
Nabokov returned for their 3-2 overtime win against the Chicago
Blackhawks on Wednesday and then made 25 saves in a 6-2 drubbing
of the Dallas Stars two nights later.
The Sharks have scored six or more goals in four of their last
six games and scored four or more goals seven times this month.
San Jose is 12-0-1 at home and 7-3-0 on the road.
Phoenix claimed its second win in eight contests with a 2-1
victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Friday and did so without
injured center Olli Jokinen. Acquired via trade with the
Florida Panthers on the offseason, Jokinen’s streak of
consecutive games played ended at 397. He is expected to miss
two to four weeks with an ailing shoulder.
Goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov had previously started 11 straight
games, but Mikael Tellqvist has been in net for three of the
Coyotes’ last four.
Tellqvist stopped 37 shots against Colorado and his efforts were
needed to support his team, which has scored three goals or less
in 15 of its 22 games.