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Tuesday, November 5th (All times Eastern)

Vancouver Canucks (10-5-1) at Phoenix Coyotes (10-3-2), 9 p.m.

(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 10:54:33 ET

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