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Phoenix Coyotes vs. Dallas Stars - Game #63 Preview


Well this is it Coyotes fans, the last game before a long two week break for the Olympics. After a terrible loss to the Avalanche that the Coyotes should have found a way to win, the guys return home to face the Dallas Stars who have been in town for a couple of days already. This is the third time this season that the Coyotes will have faced the Stars in the second game of a back to back, splitting the previous two meetings.

Last night the Coyotes didn't play a terrible game, but needed to take advantage of the chances they had. Not that they had too many chances to do that either as every time they got things going on the power play they ended up getting some soft call against to negate the power play. Everything was even with about 4 minutes left, but the Avs were able to get the extra goal to win 2-1.

The Stars last played on Thursday taking the Flames down 3-1. It would have been a shutout had Brenden Morrow not cleared the puck into his own net. He was attempting to clear a turnover by Jerome Iginla, but just didn't get much and tipped it in. Other than that gaffe, the Stars were pretty well in control of the game. Marty Turco made 33 saves and Jaime Benn got another game winner.

Starting Goaltenders


GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2009 - Ilya Bryzgalov 53 3118 32 16 119 2.29 1500 1381 .921 6

I thought we might see LaBarbera in, but with two weeks off and playing backup to Evgeni Nabokov, keeping Bryz fresh could be a good thing. Bryz let in two goals on 25 shots, but didn't really have much of a chance on the second goal that changed direction on a Matt Duchene deflection.


GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2009 - Marty Turco 42 2474 18 15 111 2.69 1267 1156 .912 3

Turco had a great game against Calgary on Thursday, only letting in a shot from his own teammate. Maybe Dallas acquiring Kari Lehtonen  is giving him a bit of a push to perform.

Key Players


Keith Yandle

#3 / Defenseman / Phoenix Coyotes

6-2

195

Sep 09, 1986


He's really been pushing the play lately and has been a big part of why our blueline scores so much. Let's see if he can't drive one in tonight.


Brenden Morrow

#10 / Left Wing / Dallas Stars

5-11

205

Jan 16, 1979


Hey, maybe he'll forget which goal was his again :P Hey, I can hope right?

 

The Infirmary


Phoenix Coyotes Injuries

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Joel Perrault other-excused 02/08/2010
Kurt Sauer head 10/07/2009
Scottie Upshall knee 01/29/2010


Dallas Stars Injuries

Questionable

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Jere Lehtinen other-excused 02/13/2010

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Brian Sutherby shoulder 02/01/2010
Mark Fistric knee 02/05/2010
Steve Ott appendix 02/08/2010
Tom Wandell knee 01/22/2010