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Saturday, November 30th (All times Eastern)

Chicago Blackhawks (19-4-4) at Phoenix Coyotes (15-6-4), 8 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Phoenix Coyotes look to win two straight for just the second time in three weeks as they battle the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday night.

The Coyotes are looking for consecutive victories for the first time since Nov. 9 and 12, having gone 2-2-2 in six games since. That span includes a 5-4 shootout loss to the hosting Blackhawks on Nov. 14.

Phoenix ended an 0-2-1 skid with Wednesday's 3-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild. Radim Vrbata scored twice and Mikkel Boedker also had a goal.

Derek Morris posted two assists and Shane Doan also helped set up a goal despite having left Monday's loss in Nashville with a lower-body injury. Backup Thomas Greiss made 28 saves.

"We lost three in a row and if you let it slide, you will be behind. We wanted to make sure we got those two points tonight," said Vrbata on the win.

Greiss was making his sixth appearance of the season and has won all three of his starts backing up Mike Smith, who should get the start tonight. Phoenix is off following this contest until starting a four-game road trip on Tuesday.

Smith saw plenty of rubber in the shootout loss to the Blackhawks earlier this month, making 48 saves on 52 shots faced. He was beaten twice in the four- round shootout however, falling to 5-3-1 with a 2.89 goals against average in his career versus the 'Hawks.

Chicago got 26 saves from Corey Crawford and he stopped another three of four skaters faced in the shootout. Brandon Pirri had the deciding tally in the tiebreaker after scoring three minutes into the third period to tie the game.

The Blackhawks are 3-0-1 in their past four versus the Coyotes and have won four of their last five in Phoenix.

Chicago closes out a seven-game road trip tonight and has won the past five games of the swing after opening it up with a loss in Colorado on Nov. 19.

The 'Hawks have made it a habit of rallying during this trip and did so again in last night's 2-1 shootout win over Dallas, getting a third-period goal from Patrick Sharp before outlasting the Stars in an 11-round tiebreaker.

Ben Smith finally ended things when he blasted a wrister over the club of Dallas' Kari Lehtonen.

"I've never been that deep before, but it was entertaining. The goalies were outstanding," said Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville.

Crawford registered 28 saves for the Blackhawks and stopped 10 of the 11 skaters he faced in the shootout.

The Chicago netminder is 4-1-2 with a 2.83 GAA in his career versus the Coyotes.

11/30 10:36:41 ET

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Schedule

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Chicago02nd Prd | Box
St. Louis2@theRink | TV: NBC, CBC, RDS
Western Conference Quarterfinals, Game Two. St. Louis leads series, 1-0.
Columbus 4/19 7:00 PM ET
Pittsburgh NBC, CBC, RDS
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, Game Two. Pittsburgh leads series, 1-0.
Minnesota 4/19 9:30 PM ET
Colorado NBCSN, TSN, Altitude
Western Conference Quarterfinals, Game Two. Colorado leads series, 1-0.
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Standings

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
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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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Scoreboard
Local
7:05pm Tonight
NOR
DUR
 
Final
WAS 3
STL 4
 
Final
CLE 0
TOR 5
9th
DET 5
ANA 1
 
8th
BOS 4
BAL 2
 
6th
KAN 5
MIN 4
 
5th
CHC 3
CIN 0
 
1st
OAK 0
HOU 0
 
7:05pm Tonight
PIT
MIL
7:10pm Tonight
NYM
ATL
7:10pm Tonight
TAM
NYY
7:10pm Tonight
MIA
SEA
8:05pm Tonight
TEX
CWS
8:10pm Tonight
LOS
ARI
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COL
PHI
8:40pm Tonight
SDP
SFG
Final
TOR 87
BRK 94
2nd
LAC 29
GSW 24
 
7:00pm Tonight
IND
ATL
9:30pm Tonight
OKC
MEM
1st Intermission
STL 2
CHI 0
 
7:00pm Tonight
PIT
CLB
9:30pm Tonight
COL
MIN
7:05pm Tonight
NOR
DUR