GAME: Anaheim Mighty Ducks (36-21-12) at Phoenix Coyotes (33-33-4).
TIME: Saturday, 9 p.m. EST.
The surging Anaheim Mighty Ducks look to extend their season-high winning streak to six games as they visit the Phoenix Coyotes.
The Ducks are 9-2-1 since the Olympic break and 6-0-1 against the Coyotes this season, outscoring them 27-14.
Anaheim is in fifth place in the Western Conference with 84 points, just one point ahead of the Colorado Avalanche and two points ahead of the Vancouver Canucks.
"We're trying to play our style of game," rookie Corey Perry said. "We just go out every night and try to work as hard as we can and do our thing."
The Ducks defeated the Nashville Predators 6-3 on Friday, scoring four second-period goals.
Teemu Selanne had two goals and two assists, and has two goals and seven assists in a four-game points streak. The 13-year veteran has five goals and five assists against Phoenix this season.
The Ducks rookie line of Perry, Ryan Getzlaf, Chris Kunitz provided a bulk of the offense Friday, totaling two goals and six assists. Kuntiz and Perry each scored a goal and recorded an assist, while Getzlaf set a Ducks rookie record with four assists.
"We are playing great now," said Getzlaf, who has a goal and five assists in his last two games. "We are playing with the little bit of confidence that you need."
Goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 36 saves and is 7-2-1 since the Olympic break, posting a 2.37 goals-against average. He is 2-0-1 this season against Phoenix and 4-0-2 in his last six starts against the Coyotes with a 1.94 GAA.
Phoenix beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 on Thursday for its third straight win.
Steven Reinprecht had a goal and two assists against the Blackhawks and has two goals and five assists in his last three games.
"Right now we're just feeding off each other," Reinprecht said of his linemates, Shane Doan and Fredrik Sjostrom. "I've got more confidence every game. It's been fun playing with each other."
Doan added a goal and an assist and has a three-game goal scoring streak.
"What's making their line so strong is that they are strong and disciplined in their own zone," said Coyotes coach Wayne Gretzky. "They aren't cheating. They're making their own bounces and when they get into the offensive zone they're unselfish with the puck."
Goalie Curtis Joseph is just 1-4 in his last six starts against the Ducks with a 3.67 GAA.
STANDINGS: Mighty Ducks - 84 points, 2nd place, 13 PB, Pacific Division. Coyotes - 70 points, 5th place, 27 PB, Pacific Division.
TEAM LEADERS: Mighty Ducks - Selanne, 31 goals and 71 points; Scott Niedermayer, 44 assists; Todd Fedoruk, 151 PIM. Coyotes - Doan, 26 goals, 57 points and 116 PIM; Ladislav Nagy, 41 assists.
SPECIAL TEAMS: Mighty Ducks - Power play: 17.4 percent (71 for 408), 18th in NHL. Penalty killing: 84.1 percent (366 for 435), 7th. Coyotes - Power play: 18.1 percent (84 for 464), 12th (tied). Penalty killing: 81.6 percent (358 for 439), 19th (tied).
GOALTENDERS: Mighty Ducks - Giguere (23-10-11, 2 SO, 2.59 GAA); Ilya Bryzgalov (13-11-1, 1, 2.53). Coyotes - Joseph (27-20-2, 2, 2.98); David LeNeveu (3-5-2, 3.18).
SEASON SERIES: Mighty Ducks, 6-0-1.
LAST MEETING: March 12; Mighty Ducks, 5-2. At Anaheim, Calif., Samuel Pahlsson and Jeff Friesen scored 27 seconds apart in the third period, and Bryzgalov made 20 saves for his 12th win of the season. Oleg Kvasha and Paul Mara tallied for Phoenix.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Mighty Ducks - 14-12-7 on the road; Coyotes - 17-16-3 at home.
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