The Ducks took a step back in their quest for a resurgence Monday night, suffering a 5-0 defeat to Dallas at Honda Center. Tonight they try to get back on track against a Phoenix team they took down 5-2 last Saturday night, Anaheim's first official road win of the season.
That was the second straight win for the Ducks and appeared to signal a turnaround of sorts. That was until Monday night's struggle became Anaheim's worst home loss in the regular season since 2001.
“We play a couple of games and then we falter like we did Monday night from a standpoint of execution and structure,” coach Randy Carlyle said. “We were not anywhere near where we needed to be for the 60 minutes.”
Ducks leading scorer Corey Perry had a look-ahead approach a day after that defeat. “The sun came up,” Corey Perry said. “It’s a new day. Wednesday’s a new game and a new team. We just have to be prepared.”
With last season's leading scorer Teemu Selanne and Conn Smythe Trophy winner Scott Niedermayer still mulling retirement, the Ducks have struggled to find consistency, going 2-4-1 in their last seven.
The Coyotes could be the right remedy, as Anaheim's goalies have historically dominated Phoenix. Giguere is 16-7-1 with a tie and a 2.22 GAA all-time against them, while Ilya Bryzgalov is 7-2-0 with a 1.68 GAA.
Despite their early-season struggles, Anaheim has 14 points and is tied with Dallas and Los Angeles for second in the Pacific Division, one point behind San Jose.
Fans of the Phoenix Coyotes cannot be pleased about the team's play at home so far this season. On the road, though, the last-place team has been hard to beat recently.
Phoenix (5-7-0) will try to win its fifth straight road game when it meets the defending Stanley Cup champion Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday night at the Honda Center.
The Coyotes have already won there once this season, snapping a 10-game losing streak at Anaheim (6-8-2) that dated back to 2003. Alex Auld made 31 saves and Craig Weller scored his first NHL goal in the 1-0 win on Oct. 25.
"When you come into this building, you expect a lot of work," Auld said. "We really weathered the storm."
With a loss on Oct. 10 at Columbus, Phoenix extended its road losing streak to eight games dating back to March 1. They snapped that slide with a 6-3 win on Oct. 11 at Nashville and have two shutout wins since then.
Besides Auld's effort against the Ducks last month, Mikael Tellqvist overcame the flu to make 35 saves in a 5-0 win on Friday at Dallas.
Phoenix opened this season with a 3-2 home win over St. Louis on Oct. 4, but has dropped six in a row there since including the 5-2 loss to the Ducks on Saturday. Anaheim got a goal and two assists from Mathieu Schneider in his second game after suffering a broken during the preseason.
Associated Press contributed to this report
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