DUCKS (16-6-3) at COYOTES (14-4-4)
TV: PRIME, FS-A
Last 10: Anaheim 5-3-2; Phoenix 7-1-2
Season series: Anaheim and Phoenix play the third game of a five-game season series tonight at Jobing.com Arena. The Ducks are 2-0-0 against their Pacific Division rival, including Honda Center wins on Nov. 6 (5-2) and Oct. 18 (3-2 shootout). The Ducks are 59-32-16 all-time vs. Coyotes, including a 25-17-9 mark in Arizona. Teemu Selanne paces Anaheim skaters in career scoring vs. Phoenix, earning 78 points (38g/40a) in 83 games. This year, Nick Bonino leads all skaters with two points (1g/2a) in the three games played to date. Following tonight's game, the season series will return to Anaheim on Dec. 28 before concluding on Jan. 11 in Glendale.
Big story: The Ducks come to the desert for the first time this season on top of the overall standings after a 1-0 overtime victory against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday. But beating the Coyotes won't be easy -- Phoenix and the Ducks are the only two teams that have not lost in regulation at home.
Ducks: Anaheim pounded away for almost 65 minutes against Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop without any success and was less than six seconds away from going to a shootout before Ryan Getzlaf buried a second-chance opportunity that sent the Honda Center crowd into a frenzy. Bishop stopped Getzlaf's shot, only to have teammate Richard Panik accidentally knock the puck into his own net for the win.
The goal gave Jonas Hiller a shutout victory on a night when he got the call at the last minute after Viktor Fasth suffered a lower-body injury in pregame warmups. The pregame ceremonies honoring Hall-of-Famer Scott Niedermayer gave him some extra time to get ready.
"I found out after warmups," he said of being told he'd play against the Lightning. "I'm glad we honored Scotty, so I had a few more minutes to mentally prepare."
Coyotes: Phoenix has points in all 11 of its home games, but it's the one that got away Thursday that had coach Dave Tippett upset a day later. The Coyotes rallied from a 2-0 deficit to take a 3-2 lead against the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday, only to have the visitors tie the game with 3:14 left in regulation and win it on Ryan O'Reilly's power-play goal in OT.
That goal came with defenseman Keith Yandle in the box after the Coyotes had killed off a Colorado power play earlier in the extra period.
"In a tight game, mistakes matter," Tippett told the media Friday. "When you put a team on the power play twice in overtime, it usually comes back to bite you -- and it did."
Who's hot: Getzlaf has points in the last six games in which he has appeared, collecting 10 points (7g/3a) in that span (missed three games with an upper-body injury, Nov. 10-14) … The Coyotes lead the NHL with 19 goals from their defensemen. Michael Stone scored against Colorado and is tied with Erik Karlsson of the Ottawa Senators for the League lead with seven.
Injury report: The Ducks say Fasth will most likely not be available for tonight's game against the Coyotes. The club placed defenseman Francois Beauchemin (upper body) on injured reserve prior to the game Friday. Center Saku Koivu (head), forward Jakob Silfverberg (broken hand) and defenseman Sheldon Souray (wrist) are out. … Phoenix has been playing without defenseman Zbynek Michalek (lower body), who's on IR, as well as forward Lauri Korpikoski (upper body).
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