Coyotes look to bounce back against the Canucks

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

GLENDALE, Ariz. – After two heartbreaking come from behind loses, the Phoenix Coyotes finish the third leg of their western Canadian road trip in Vancouver Tuesday night.

This is Phoenix’s first meeting with the Canucks this season who enter Tuesday’s contest with a 10-4-4 record, good for 3rd place in the west and tops in the Northwest division.

For the Coyotes, who are currently in 10th place in the west with an 8-7-3 record, getting back on the ice will be pivotal.  After allowing two goals to the Flames in the final 83 seconds, Phoenix realizes they need to get back to playing Coyote hockey.

"It’s very uncharacteristic of us. That's disturbing that it's happening, but we'll fix it." Coyotes’ coach Dave Tippett stated Sunday after the 5-4 loss.

However, the Coyotes have received offense from unexpected heroes the last two games. Raffi Torres, who went to the Stanley Cup with the Canucks in 2011, scored two goals against Calgary and Paul Bissonnette is riding a 2-game point streak for the first time in his career with assists against Edmonton and the Flames.

There is no question the Coyotes have been rattled with injuries and tonight it’s not going to get better. Martin Hanzal (upper body), Radim Vrbata (lower body) and defensemen Derek Morris (upper body) are all expected to miss the game against Vancouver. 

The puck drops from Rogers Arena at 8: 00 p.m. Arizona time and can be seen on Fox Sports Arizona Plus and will be broadcast over the radio on XTRA Sports 910.