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Coyotes try to stay hot vs. Canucks

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Phoenix Coyotes try to avoid their first home regulation loss of the season on Tuesday night as they aim for a fifth straight victory overall in a meeting with the Vancouver Canucks.

The first three games of the Coyotes' longest winning streak of the season came at home before the club picked up a 3-2 road victory over San Jose in a shootout on Saturday. It marked Phoenix's second straight victory in a shootout and featured 48 saves by Mike Smith.

Antoine Vermette scored the game-winner in the shootout's fifth round after San Jose's Patrick Marleau failed on his attempt. Smith stopped four straight Sharks skaters after getting beat in the first round.

"He made some key saves and was an important part of our win tonight," Vermette said.

Vermette and Mikkel Boedker scored in regulation as the Coyotes won for the sixth time in seven games. The win moved Dave Tippett into first place on the franchise's all-time wins list for a head coach. Tippett's 166 wins snapped a tie with Bob Francis.

Phoenix is looking to win five straight for the first time since March 29- April 7 to close out the 2011-12 season. It will also put its 6-0-1 record at home this campaign on the line.

However, the Canucks picked up a 2-1 win in their lone trip to Phoenix last season and are 4-0-1 in their past five trips to the desert.

Vancouver has won five of six overall and notched a 4-0 win over Toronto on Saturday in its first game since inking twins Daniel and Henrik Sedin to matching four-year contract extensions on Friday.

Daniel Sedin was one of four goal scorers and Henrik had an assist to give him 13 points over an 11-game point streak. Daniel has scored five goals with eight points over his own six-game run.

Roberto Luongo made 21 saves and the Canucks managed to come out with some energy, getting a goal from Daniel Sedin 6:03 into the game after a long delay to start the contest. Vancouver honored Pavel Bure before the game, retiring his No. 10 jersey.

"We weren't quite sure what was going to happen after the ceremony. We were sitting there a long time, but it was a great start for us. (We) created a ton of chances and were able to bury one," said Luongo following his 64th career shutout.

"I was getting antsy, sitting out there 20, 25 minutes and then the first 10 minutes of the game not getting any shots. I had a lot of built-up energy that I was ready to spend."

Zack Kassian, Chris Higgins and Dan Hamhuis added goals for the Canucks, who begin a four-game road trip.

Luongo is hovering around .500 for his career against the Coyotes, going 11-10-1 with a 2.26 goals against average and three shutouts in 22 meetings.

Smith is 3-3-0 with a 2.39 GAA in seven starts versus the Canucks.

11/05 11:03:55 ET

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2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
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
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
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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2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
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
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
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
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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