NHL

more stats

NHL Preview from The Sports Network



Thursday, November 21st (All times Eastern)

Colorado Avalanche (15-5-0) at Phoenix Coyotes (14-4-3), 9 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - Still without a regulation loss as the hosting club this season, the Phoenix Coyotes look to extend a 12-game home point streak over the Colorado Avalanche in a showdown on Thursday night.

The Coyotes play the middle test of a three-game homestand tonight and sit 9-0-1 as the hosting club. They are also well-rested, having been idle since a 6-3 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday.

Martin Hanzal, Radim Vrbata and Lauri Korpikoski all enjoyed solid games, combining for 10 points. Hanzal had a goal and tied career highs with three assists and four points, Vrbata matched a personal best with three assists and Korpikoski had a goal and two assists to tie his career high of three points.

However, defenseman Connor Murphy stole a bit of the show by scoring in his first career NHL game.

"I got lucky it went through, and I think I almost broke my hand punching the ice. I was so excited," said Murphy of his goal.

Unfortunately for the youngster, he was assigned back to the American Hockey League on Sunday.

Shane Doan, Michael Stone and Mike Ribeiro added goals versus the Lightning and Mike Smith made 27 saves as Phoenix moved to 3-0-1 in its last four and 8-1-1 over its previous 10 games.

Korpikoski is dealing with an upper-body injury and the Coyotes recalled forward Tim Kennedy from the AHL in case he can't play tonight.

The Coyotes have gone 9-0-3 in their last 12 games at home versus the Avalanche and haven't failed to earn a point as the host in this series since a 4-3 setback on March 29, 2007.

Phoenix is 4-0-1 in its last five overall meetings with Colorado and 10-1-2 in the previous 13.

Smith is a solid 8-1-2 with a 1.65 goals against average and one shutout in 11 games (8 starts) lifetime versus Colorado.

The Avalanche will try to reverse that trend in the start of a quick two-game road trip. Colorado will also visit Los Angeles on Saturday, but will play the swing without leading scorer Matt Duchene.

Duchene is out with a strained oblique suffered in a loss on Nov. 16. He is pacing the Avs with 12 goals and 20 points.

"He skated (Wednesday). He wanted to play (Thursday). I don't see rushing on this injury. Take the time. We need him 100 percent, not 80 or 85 percent" said Avs head coach Patrick Roy. "I think it's important for him to make sure he takes care of himself and be 100 percent when he comes back."

Roy's club did fine without Duchene on Tuesday, snapping a season-high three- game skid with a 5-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks.

Semyon Varlamov made 36 saves and Paul Stastny had a goal and an assist. John Mitchell, PA Parenteau, Cody McLeod and Gabriel Landeskog each lit the lamp as well.

"We did not like that feeling," Parenteau said of losing three in a row. "We don't want to be losing again. We were motivated and we responded."

Colorado's Tyson Barrie and Maxime Talbot both posted two assists, with Talbot picking up his first points in nine games since being acquired from the Philadelphia Flyers for Steve Downie back on Oct. 31.

The Avs are set to play six of their next eight on the road, where they are 6-2-0 this season, and Varlamov is expected to get the start tonight. He is 2-4-1 with a 3.39 GAA in his career versus the Coyotes.

11/21 10:53:05 ET

Other Stories

Hurricanes

  • ACC: Clemson at NC State

    Tonight at 9:00 on WRAL-TV

  • ACC: NC State at Georgia Tech

    Saturday at 12:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • SEC: Arkansas at Florida

    Saturday at 2:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • PGA: Waste Management Phoenix Open

    Saturday at 3:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • ACC: NC State vs. Clemson

    Tonight at 9:00 on WRAL-FM

  • SEC: Kentucky at Missouri

    Tomorrow at 9:00 pm on 99.9 The Fan

  • NHL: Hurricanes vs. St. Louis

    Friday at 7:00 pm on 99.9 The Fan

Scoreboard
Local
1st
ND 0
DUKE 0
 
8:30pm Tonight
SAN
CHA
9:00pm Tonight
NCSU
CLEM
9:00pm Tonight
MEM
ECU
2nd
PHI 28
DET 16
 
1st
CLE 29
POR 19
 
7:30pm Tonight
TOR
SAC
8:00pm Tonight
MIN
BOS
8:00pm Tonight
ATL
BRK
8:00pm Tonight
HOU
DAL
8:00pm Tonight
NOP
DEN
8:00pm Tonight
NYK
OKC
8:30pm Tonight
SAN
CHA
9:00pm Tonight
UTA
LAC
10:30pm Tonight
PHO
WAS
1st
VERM 11
GTDNS 15
 
1st
NAVY 22
AMER 24
 
1st
UMBC 10
BING 20
 
1st
JMU 21
DEL 29
 
1st
RICH 33
DUQ 15
 
1st
UNCW 27
ELON 12
 
1st
USB 14
HART 18
 
1st
WMARY 42
HOF 15
 
1st
COL 21
LAF 16
 
1st
PSU 28
MINN 20
 
1st
MAINE 6
UNH 19
 
1st
DREX 11
NE 12
 
1st
FORD 24
RIU 19
 
1st
SFLA 16
SMU 13
 
1st
MARQ 25
SHU 28
 
1st
LSU 20
SCAR 15
 
1st
UCF 14
TEMPL 20
 
1st
LONG 13
UNCA 20
 
1st
FSU 12
WAKE 21
 
1st
CCAR 24
WINT 23
 
1st
OU 19
WRST 28
 
1st
ND 0
DUKE 0
 
7:30pm Tonight
GHND 0
HC 0
 
7:30pm Tonight
CSOU
RAD
 
7:30pm Tonight
OKLA
TTU
8:00pm Tonight
BRAD
DRAK
 
8:00pm Tonight
BUCK
LEH
 
8:00pm Tonight
WICHS
LOYC
8:00pm Tonight
ILLST
MIZST
 
8:00pm Tonight
PEAY
MORE
 
8:00pm Tonight
SDKST
NEOM
 
8:00pm Tonight
ARST
ORST
8:00pm Tonight
HOU
RICE
8:05pm Tonight
SILL
NIOWA
9:00pm Tonight
NCSU
CLEM
9:00pm Tonight
MEM
ECU
9:00pm Tonight
MIAMI
GT
9:00pm Tonight
PURD
IND
9:00pm Tonight
TCU
KU
9:00pm Tonight
BC
LOU
9:00pm Tonight
MISS
MSST
9:00pm Tonight
CREI
STJ
10:00pm Tonight
SJST
AFA
10:00pm Tonight
ARZ
OREG
11:00pm Tonight
WASH
STAN
7:30pm Tonight
NJD
TOR
8:00pm Tonight
WAS
PIT
10:30pm Tonight
LOS
CHI