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Phoenix Coyotes PHX 2 1 2 5
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29 HITS 24
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Ducks Host Coyotes on Fan Appreciation Night

Saturday, 04.27.2013 / 12:21 PM

COYOTES (20-18-9) at DUCKS (30-11-6)


Last 10: Phoenix 4-3-3; Anaheim 5-4-1

Season series: It's the last of four meetings; the home team won each of the first three, though both of the Phoenix Coyotes' wins came in shootouts.

Big story: Tonight is Fan Appreciation Night at Honda Center as the Anaheim Ducks close out the 2012-13 regular season. The Ducks will open the Western Conference Quarterfinals at home beginning next week. The Phoenix Coyotes, however, prepare for their regular-season finale after missing the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time in Dave Tippett's four seasons as coach.

Team Scope:

Ducks: Anaheim is back home for its regular-season finale after an excellent four-day stretch in Western Canada. The Ducks won back-to-back games against the Edmonton Oilers before beating the Vancouver Canucks 3-1 on Thursday.

"It was huge," defenseman Bryan Allen told AnaheimDucks.com when asked about the trip. "Any time a team knows they're going to be in the playoffs, they try to play the same way and really stick to a system because that's really what's going to pay off down the road."

Coyotes: The Coyotes played an entertaining home finale against the Colorado Avalanche on Friday night, twice rallying from one-goal deficits before losing 5-4 in a shootout. Antoine Vermette scored twice and Keith Yandle set up three goals.

While the fans at Jobing.com Arena might have been entertained, Tippett definitely wasn't.

"Game like that one have no meaning," Tippett said. "Even in an exhibition game, you can evaluate players but here you're just playing. It's entertainment, good for the fans, lot of action. But I wouldn't put that up there as a hard, tactical game."

Who's hot: Anaheim goaltender Jonas Hiller has won his past two starts, allowing one goal in each game. ... Yandle has a goal and three assists in the Coyotes' past two games and is the team leader in points with 28.

Injury report: The Ducks may give some of their regulars the night off. Forward Bobby Ryan has been battling an illness and defenseman Luca Sbisa (lower body) didn't play Thursday. ... Derek Morris left the Coyotes game on Friday with a lower-body injury.

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