Gameday: Wild at Phoenix

  • December 9, 2011 - 6:26 PM

Preview: The league-leading Wild has won six consecutive road games -- a franchise record -- and six in a row overall. The Wild hasn't won seven in a row since a nine-game streak in March 2007. The Pacific Division-leading Coyotes have lost three of five. Coach Dave Tippett, who also formerly coached the Dallas Stars, is 22-7-3 all-time vs. the Wild, 14-1-1 at home.

Players to watch: Wild leading scorer Mikko Koivu has points in 10 of his past 11 games (five goals, 14 points).... RW Nick Johnson has seven points in the past seven games. ... C Matt Cullen has 20 points in 35 games vs. the Coyotes. ... Coyotes LW Ray Whitney has 24 points in 22 games vs. the Wild.

Numbers: The Wild has the most road points in the Western Conference (20 in 14 games). ... The Wild is 18-1 when allowing two or fewer goals, 1-6-3 when yielding three or more.

Injuries: Wild LW Cal Clutterbuck (leg) practiced Friday and might play. G Josh Harding (neck), RW/LW Devin Setoguchi (leg), D Justin Falk (upper body), D Marek Zidlicky (concussion) and LW Guillaume Latendresse (concussion) are out. Coyotes D Kurt Sauer (postconcussion syndrome) and D Rostislav Klesla (lower body) are out.


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