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Coyotes hope for another strong offensive effort

Dallas (17-17-5) at Phoenix (20-17-5), 9:00 p.m. EST

GLENDALE, Arizona (Ticker) -- Though Phoenix Coyotes coach Wayne

Gretzky never had much trouble scoring during his storied

career, his young team is still struggling to find ways to end

dry spells.

Coming off a much-needed win, the Coyotes hope to display more

prowess on the offensive end when they host the Dallas Stars on


Phoenix entered its 3-2 triumph over the Tampa Bay Lightning

with a 126-minute, 26-second goal-less drought, which included a

6-0 home loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday.

Still, they are in the Western Conference playoff picture thanks

to a 14-6-2 record at home. If anything is to eventually deter

Phoenix from clinching its first postseason berth since 2002, it

will be a shoddy record on the road (6-11-3) and an abundance of

inexperienced talent.

Nevertheless, those youngsters have produced. Kyle Turris

scored the game-winner against Tampa Bay, and fellow rookie

Mikkel Boedker was elected to skate in the YoungStars Game,

which is slated for January 24 at the Bell Centre in Montreal as

part of the All-Star weekend festivities.

Dallas, meanwhile, fell to defending Stanley Cup champion

Detroit Red Wings, 6-1, on Thursday and surrendered six goals in

a game for the fifth time this season.

The Stars have lost two of three and will wrap up a four-game

road trip with this contest.


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