Coyotes set for the Wild

Coyotes set for the Wild

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VANCOUVER, CANADA - FEBRUARY 26: Kyle Chipchura #24 of the Phoenix Coyotes celebrates after scoring an empty net goal while Henrik Sedin #33 of the Vancouver Canucks skates past in the background during the third period in NHL action on February 26, 2013 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images)

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by Collin Fleming

azfamily.com

Posted on February 28, 2013 at 5:03 PM

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Coming off a 4-2 victory over the Canucks Tuesday night, the Phoenix Coyotes look to stick to their winning ways against the Wild Thursday at Jobing.com Arena. 

The revamped Wild enter Thursday night’s contest just a point behind the Coyotes with a 9-7-2 record, currently good for 11th in the West.

The matchup will be the second time the two teams square off this year.  In the first meeting the Coyotes came away victorious in a 2-1 win as Mike Smith was able to stop 21 of 22 shots on net.

“They are a hard working team who plays with good structure.” Coach Dave Tippett said of the Wild. “They probably aren’t scoring as much as they would like to score but they are a very determined team finding ways to get points.”

The Coyotes, 9-7-3 on the year, had an offensive resurgence on their western Canadian road trip as they averaged 3.3 goals per game during the three game trip.  The fourth line accounting for four of the 10 goals.

“Yeah we are clicking right now,” said Paul Bissonnette, who is riding the longest point streak of his career at three games. “Things have been going our way, we are cycling the puck well, we know what we are going to do and keep it simple.”

On the injury front, the Coyotes are expecting Defenseman Derek Morris to make his return to lineup after missing five games with an upper-body injury.  Radim Vrbata (lower body) and Martin Hanzal (upper body) and Defensemen David Schlemko (upper body) will all be out of the line-up tonight.
 

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