banner

NHL

more stats

NHL Preview from The Sports Network



Saturday, November 2nd (All times Eastern)

Phoenix Coyotes (9-3-2) at San Jose Sharks (10-1-2), 10:30 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The San Jose Sharks lost for only the third time this season in their last game and will try to rebound when they host the Phoenix Coyotes in Saturday's Pacific Division clash at the SAP Center.

San Jose has a stout 10-1-2 record this season, but the club ended its terrific month of October with Wednesday's overtime loss in Los Angeles. All three of the Sharks' losses this season came in the club's last seven games, as San Jose is 4-1-2 over its past six games after starting the campaign on a six-game winning streak.

The Sharks held leads of 1-0, 2-1 and 3-2 in Wednesday's game against the rival Kings, but they couldn't hold any of those advantages. L.A. tied it on Justin Williams' power-play goal in the third period to force OT and Anze Kopitar also scored on the man advantage to win the game for the Kings in the extra session.

L.A. finished the game 2-for-6 on the power play, while the Sharks scored once on four opportunities with the man advantage.

Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Joe Pavelski and Logan Couture scored for the Sharks, who had won two in a row since their only regulation loss of the season last Thursday at Boston. Antti Niemi had 19 saves in the loss, which dropped San Jose to 3-1-1 on its five-game road trip.

"When we have the lead we should be able to shut it down," said San Jose coach Todd McLellan.

The Sharks are beginning the month of November on a three-game homestand and also are set to host Buffalo and Vancouver during the stay in Northern California.

San Jose is a perfect 5-0-0 as the home club this season and has taken two straight, four of five and 10 of its last 12 home meetings against the Coyotes. Phoenix has dropped three of four overall versus the Sharks.

Although Phoenix hasn't fared well against the Sharks recently, the Coyotes are entering Saturday's matchup on a hot streak. Dave Tippett's club has won three straight and five of its past six games and is 8-1-2 over the past 11 trips to the ice.

The Coyotes fell behind visiting Nashville 3-0 in the first period on Thursday, but Phoenix rallied for the shootout win. Mikkel Boedker scored the lone goal of the shootout in the fifth round, lifting the Coyotes to a 5-4 decision over the Predators at Jobing.com Arena.

After the first eight shooters came up empty in the shootout, Boedker skated hard down the right side before lifting a backhander high over Carter Hutton. Thomas Greiss, who finished with 36 saves in the win, then stoned David Legwand's wrister to send the Coyotes to their second three-game winning streak of the season.

Shane Doan registered a goal and an assist, while Jordan Szwarz, Derek Morris and Antoine Vermette notched a goal apiece for the Coyotes, who won their 165th game under Tippett, tying him with Bob Francis for first place on the franchise's all-time coaching wins list.

"We know that we're capable of scoring when we're down and our play on the power play gives us confidence, but we never want to get down early," said Doan.

Phoenix is playing four of six on the road to begin November and is 3-3-1 as the away team this season compared to a stellar 6-0-1 mark in the desert.

Coyotes forward Martin Hanzal is eligible to return from a two-game suspension on Saturday. Hanzal, who is tied for the team lead with five goals, was disciplined by the league for a charging hit last Saturday against Edmonton's Jeff Petry.

11/02 11:03:51 ET

Other Stories

Hurricanes

Panthers 2, Hurricanes 0
Staal, Faulk score in 3rd, lead Hurricanes past Devils 3-1

The New Jersey Devils started fast — and the Carolina Hurricanes ended with a victory.

Related Stories
TV
  • NCAAT: Louisville v. Michigan State

    Today at 2:20 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NCAAT: Duke v. Gonzaga

    Tonight at 5:05 on WRAL-TV

Scoreboard
Local
Final
CHA 115
ATL 100
Final
CAR 3
NJD 1
5:00pm Tonight
CAR
BOS
 
5:05pm Tonight
DUKE
GONZ
 
Final
NYY 2
BAL 10
Final
TAM 6
BOS 9
Final
MIA 1
HOU 1
Final
MIN 7
PHI 1
Final
DET 4
STL 3
Final
PIT 8
TOR 3
Final
TOR 3
ATL 5
Final
NYM 10
WAS 2
Final
CIN 9
CHC 5
Final
MIL 2
CLE 3
Final
CHC 18
COL 4
Final
CWS 4
OAK 10
Final
TEX 2
SDP 3
Final
SEA 8
SFG 9
Final
ARI 5
KAN 10
Final
ANA 4
LOS 5
1:05pm Today
PHI
DET
 
1:05pm Today
WAS
MIA
 
1:05pm Today
BAL
MIN
 
1:05pm Today
STL
NYM
 
1:05pm Today
HOU
NYY
 
1:05pm Today
ATL
PIT
 
1:05pm Today
BOS
TAM
 
1:07pm Today
TOR
BAL
 
3:10pm Today
ANA
CIN
 
4:05pm Today
KAN
CHC
 
4:05pm Today
CLE
CWS
 
4:05pm Today
SFG
LOS
 
4:05pm Today
OAK
MIL
 
4:05pm Today
SDP
SEA
 
4:05pm Today
LOS
TEX
 
4:10pm Today
COL
ARI
 
4:10pm Today
ARI
COL
 
Final
CHA 115
ATL 100
Final
CHI 111
NYK 80
Final
MIL 95
GSW 108
Final
UTA 94
OKC 89
Final
POR 120
DEN 114
12:30pm Today
WAS
HOU
 
3:30pm Today
BRK
LAL
 
4:00pm Today
NOP
MIN
 
4:30pm Today
CLE
PHI
 
6:00pm Tonight
MIA
DET
 
6:00pm Tonight
BOS
LAC
 
7:00pm Tonight
IND
DAL
 
7:00pm Tonight
SAN
MEM
 
9:00pm Tonight
PHO
OKC
 
Final
WISC 85
ARZ 78
Final
YALE 78
CAN 73
Final
KENT 68
ND 66
2:20pm Today
LOU
MSU
 
5:05pm Tonight
DUKE
GONZ
 
Final
WAS 3
NAS 4
Final
NYI 2
ANA 3
Final
PIT 3
ARI 2
Final
BOS 4
NYR 2
Final
PHI 2
SJS 3
Final
DET 4
TAM 0
Final
MON 3
FLA 2
Final
CAR 3
NJD 1
Final
TOR 4
OTT 3
Final
STL 2
CLB 4
Final
MIN 4
LOS 1
Final
COL 5
BUF 3
Final
VAN 3
DAL 4
3:00pm Today
NYR
WAS
5:00pm Tonight
CAR
BOS
 
5:00pm Tonight
NAS
CAL
 
5:00pm Tonight
NYI
DET
 
5:00pm Tonight
OTT
FLA
 
7:00pm Tonight
NJD
ANA
 
7:30pm Tonight
WIN
CHI
 
7:30pm Tonight
PIT
SJS