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Coyotes cap road trip in Colorado

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Phoenix Coyotes will try to end their four-game road trip on a positive note Tuesday night as they visit the Colorado Avalanche and the Pepsi Center.

The Coyotes have gone 1-1-1 over the first three games of the swing, part of a span that has seen the club lose six of its past eight games. Phoenix was able to earn a point last time out on Friday, scoring a pair of third-period goals in a 3-2 overtime setback to the Vancouver Canucks.

David Moss and Antoine Vermette scored to force overtime and Mike Smith ended with 29 saves.

Though Phoenix was able to rally late, head coach Dave Tippett would like to see his club start earning some victories, beginning with tonight.

"There were some parts of our game I thought were all right," said Tippett following the loss to the Canucks. "We're trying to defend better, and we're giving up less shots and less chances against. But going into the trip, this game is about winning and getting points. We got only got three of six (points) and for where we are, we need a better percentage than that."

Tippett's club was minus captain Shane Doan on Friday due to the flu, while defenseman Derek Morris left the team to attend to a family matter. Neither player made the trip to Colorado as Doan was unable to practice on Monday and Morris remains away.

Doan leads Phoenix with 12 goals and is second with 23 points.

However, defenseman Zbynek Michalek could return for the first time in 10 games as he has been out since Nov. 14 due to a lower-body injury. He was able to practice on Tuesday and is likely a game-time decision.

Colorado is also coming off a loss in Vancouver as it dropped a 3-1 decision on Sunday. This time the Canucks were able to hold onto a lead as Roberto Luongo finished with 28 saves and came within eight seconds of a shutout.

Jamie McGinn scored late to get the Avalanche on the board and Jean-Sebastien Giguere lost for the first time in eight decisions this season, stopping 18- of-21 shots faced.

Colorado went 1-2-0 on its three-game road trip.

"I honestly felt we played a better game than them, and unfortunately we have nothing to show for the result," Colorado coach Patrick Roy said. "But, I mean, Luongo was good. Both goalies were good actually."

With Giguere having made back-to-back starts, Roy could go with Semyon Varlamov in net tonight. Varlamov is 3-4-1 with a 3.30 goals against average in his career versus the Coyotes, making 41 saves in a 4-3 overtime victory at Phoenix on Nov. 21.

Ryan O'Reilly scored the winner on a power play with 41.1 seconds left in overtime, giving the Avs their second straight win over the Coyotes.

Phoenix, though, has still won 10 of the previous 14 meetings overall and eight of its past 12 in Colorado.

Smith made 26 saves in the earlier loss, falling to 8-1-3 with a 1.85 GAA in 12 games (9) starts versus the Avs.

12/10 11:39:06 ET

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Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
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y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
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y= clinched division title
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Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
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x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
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Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
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z= clinched overall points title
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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CHA 91
CHI 86
Final
DUR 6
NOR 9
 
7:05pm Tonight
DUR
NOR
 
Final
CIN 4
PIT 0
Final
BAL 3
TAM 0
Final
NYY 3
CHC 0
Final
MIL 5
STL 1
Final
ARI 2
NYM 5
Final
PHI 0
ATL 1
Final
NYY 2
CHC 0
Final
DET 2
CLE 3
Final
MIA 3
WAS 6
Final
TEX 3
SEA 2
11th
CWS 3
BOS 4
 
11th
HOU 4
KAN 6
 
8:10pm Wednesday
MIN 0
TOR 0
7th
ANA 1
OAK 4
 
7th
SDP 3
COL 1
 
7th
SFG 1
LOS 1
 
1:05pm Today
PHI
ATL
 
1:08pm Today
DET
CLE
 
1:10pm Today
MIN
TOR
 
2:05pm Today
TEX
SEA
 
3:45pm Today
SFG
LOS
 
6:40pm Tonight
SDP
COL
 
7:05pm Tonight
PIT
MIL
 
7:05pm Tonight
WAS
STL
 
7:10pm Tonight
TAM
NYY
 
7:10pm Tonight
MIN
TOR
 
8:10pm Tonight
CWS
BOS
 
8:10pm Tonight
HOU
KAN
 
Final
CHA 91
CHI 86
Final
ORL 86
IND 101
Final
MIL 103
ATL 111
Final
CLE 114
BRK 85
Final
MEM 106
DAL 105
Final
OKC 112
DET 111
Final
NOP 105
HOU 100
Final
SAN 100
LAL 113
Final
MIA 87
PHI 100
Final
NYK 95
TOR 92
Final
MIN 130
UTA 136
Final
BOS 102
WAS 118
3rd
DEN 67
GSW 75
 
3rd
POR 74
LAC 64
 
4th
SAC 74
PHO 71
 
Final
TAM 4
MON 5
Final
PIT 4
CLB 3
2nd Intermission
ANA 4
DAL 2
 
7:00pm Tonight
NYR
PHI
8:00pm Tonight
STL
CHI
9:30pm Tonight
COL
MIN
10:30pm Tonight
SJS
LOS
Final
DUR 6
NOR 9
 
7:05pm Tonight
DUR
NOR