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Ducks put 9-game win streak on line vs. Coyotes

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Anaheim Ducks aim to extend their club-record winning streak to 10 games when they host the Phoenix Coyotes in Saturday's Pacific Division clash at Honda Center.

The Ducks have won nine in a row to record the NHL's longest winning streak since Pittsburgh claimed 15 straight victories from March 2-30 of last season. Anaheim's point streak of 12 games (10-0-2) is also the league's longest since the Pens went on their epic winning streak in March.

Anaheim also enters Saturday's clash on a three-game home winning streak and the Ducks have still yet to lose in regulation this season in Orange County, going 13-0-2 as the host.

The Ducks' last four wins all came on the road, including a 3-2 regulation win in their last outing on Monday against the Washington Capitals. Hampus Lindholm's tally late in the third period sent Anaheim to a 3-2 victory over the Capitals in Bruce Boudreau's return to Washington.

Boudreau had served as Caps head coach from November of 2007 through November of 2011, and was named to Anaheim's post only two days after being dumped.

"In the whole scheme of things, I'm happier that we kept the streak alive," said Boudreau of his homecoming.

Saku Koivu and Andrew Cogliano registered a goal and assist each for the Ducks. Jonas Hiller needed to make just 17 stops to run his record to 16-4-4.

"We're just trying to stay the course and play our game," Hiller said of the team's success. "I think that's the strength right now and it's great that it worked out again tonight."

Anaheim has a good chance to keep its streak alive tonight, as the Ducks are 3-0 against the Coyotes this season and have won for of five overall in the series. Phoenix is 0-1-1 at the Honda Center this season and has lost five of its past six tilts in Orange County.

Hiller has been in net for all three wins this season over the Coyotes, posting a 1.95 goals against average and .941 save percentage.

Phoenix heads to Anaheim after going past regulation for a fourth game in a row. It has lost three of those games, including a 4-3 setback in a shootout to the San Jose Sharks on Friday night.

David Moss scored twice in regulation and Radim Vrbata tied the game for Phoenix with 6:25 left in regulation, but Mike Smith gave up two goals in the tiebreaker after stopping 28 saves through overtime.

"It was a very competitive game. We played a much better game than our last one," Phoenix coach Dave Tippett said. "It was a fast-paced, entertaining game that came down to one shot in a shootout."

The Coyotes have lost five of their past six overall and may give backup Thomas Greiss the start tonight.

Greiss is 4-2-0 with a 2.20 GAA in eight games this season, including five starts, and has gone 0-2-1 with a 2.14 GAA in five lifetime encounters with the Ducks, making three starts.

Greiss faced Anaheim once this season in a relief role on Nov. 23, stopping all four shots faced in 19 minutes of work.

12/28 10:48:32 ET

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Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
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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
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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
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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
 
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y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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