Phoenix is looking to rebound from a devastating loss to Columbus on Thursday when Rick Nash scored a spectacular game-winning goal with 22 seconds remaining.
Blackhawks at Coyotes
When: 7 p.m. today
Where: Jobing.com Arena
TV: KAZ (Ch. 27)
Radio: KDUS (1060 AM)
Line: Phoenix 150-170
Series history: The teams have split the first two meetings this season with the home team winning each time. Phoenix trails 45-47-15-0 all time but leads 30-20-5-0 at home.
Blackhawks – Prior to Friday night’s game at Colorado, Chicago had won two straight after an eight-game skid. Injuries were a major reason for the losing streak and the club still has six players on the injured-reserve list including star rookie center Jonathan Toews (sprained knee) and forwards Jason Williams (groin), Kevyn Adams (torn ACL) and Ben Eager (concussion). The Blackhawks continue to be led in assists and points by rookie right wing Patrick Kane (32 and 43). Forward Patrick Sharp, who is tops on the team with a career-high 22 goals, signed a four-year, $15.6 million contract extension Thursday.
Coyotes – Phoenix is looking to rebound from a devastating loss to Columbus on Thursday when Rick Nash scored a spectacular game-winning goal with 22 seconds remaining. The loss prevented Phoenix from moving up to ninth in the West. Instead it is 11th, four points behind eighth place. Radim Vrbata remains out with a groin injury while Steven Reinprecht (neck), who skated Friday, will be a game-time decision. Shane Doan extended his career-long point streak to nine games Thursday with his 15th goal of the season. With 43 points, Doan is 12 shy of matching his total from last year.