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Reeling Coyotes look to continue dominance over Thrashers

Atlanta (21-32-5) at Phoenix (25-28-5) 9:00 p.m. EST

GLENDALE, Arizona (Ticker) -- Not much has gone right for the

Phoenix Coyotes over the last few weeks. However, as they try

to put a stop to a three-game losing streak, they get to face a

team that, historically, they've had little trouble with.

The Coyotes close out their four-game homestand on Thursday

night as they host the Atlanta Thrashers.

In 11 all-time meetings with the Thrashers, the Coyotes have

owned the series, posting a 9-1-1 record. Atlanta's lone

victory in the series came on November 23, 2003 - a 1-0 final.

The Coyotes know what that kind of futility is like - that's how

it's been for the last three weeks. They have dropped nine of

their last 10 overall, including back-to-back shutouts last

month and three contests in which they surrendered seven goals.

Most recently, they fell at home to the Edmonton Oilers on

Monday. All-Star defenseman Sheldon Souray snapped a tie early

in the third period as the Oilers came away with a 3-1 triumph -

the sixth straight home defeat for Phoenix. Ed Jovanovski

provided the only score for the Coyotes with a first-period,

power-play tally.

The Thrashers, meanwhile, look to continue their recent tear

through the Pacific Division. In consecutive road victories

over the Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings this week, the

Thrashers have posted 15 goals. Left wing Ilya Kovalchuk has

five goals over those two contests.


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