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The Anaheim Ducks have earned a point in every game en route to the Western Conference's best record. They'll look to continue that streak against the Phoenix Coyotes, who have a league-low six points and have lost nine straight to Anaheim.
The Ducks (9-0-4) face the struggling Coyotes (3-9-0) at the Honda Center on Friday night.
Anaheim couldn't hold a one-goal lead in the third period and lost 4-3 in overtime to the New York Rangers on Wednesday, but again came away with a point. It was the first time this season that the Ducks were beaten before reaching the shootout.
Anaheim's 22 points are two more than second-place Dallas in the West.
"We came out of a game tonight where we didn't play well and still got a point," Ducks captain Scott Niedermayer said. "Our challenge right now is to realize that we haven't been at the top of our game lately. We have to get back to doing everything we can to stay focused on what we have to do as a team when we're playing our best."
A matchup with the Coyotes could help the Ducks do that.
Anaheim has won nine in a row over the Coyotes and six straight at home. The Ducks' last loss to Phoenix at the Honda Center came Oct. 12, 2003.
One cause for concern for the Ducks is their power play, which is 3-for-27 over the last seven games. Anaheim, though, has gone 10-for-35 with the man advantage in the last five meetings with Phoenix.
Teemu Selanne and Dustin Penner scored first-period power-play goals to give the Ducks a 2-1 win over the Coyotes in the clubs' first matchup of the season Oct. 7.
Selanne's only goal since then came Wednesday, snapping a 10-game drought.
The 36-year-old winger has eight goals and 14 points in his last nine games against Phoenix, his original NHL club, which he played for when it was the Winnipeg Jets.
Anaheim's Jean-Sebastien Giguere is off to a hot start to the season, and he's likely to be in net Friday to face a team he's had success against.
Giguere, 7-0-4 with a 2.28 goals-against average this season, is 11-6-1 with one tie, a 2.18 GAA and two shutouts in 19 games against Phoenix.
The Coyotes allowed four second-period goals and lost 7-3 to the Rangers on Tuesday, preventing them from winning consecutive games for the first time this season.
"Everything went wrong tonight," Coyotes defenseman Derek Morris said. "When we get down one or two goals, we've got to get that mentality that we've got to come back. We've got to get one and go get the other one, and it seems to go the other way for us."
The Coyotes have been outscored 53-28 this season, with a deficit of 15 goals in the first two periods.
They're near the bottom of the league with seven third-period goals - one more than Calgary's Jarome Iginla, who leads the NHL in that category.
While Giguere has given the Ducks outstanding play in net, the Coyotes have the league's worst goals-against average at 4.42. That's due in large part to the struggles of Curtis Joseph, who went 32-21-3 with a 2.91 GAA last season, but is 2-5-0 with a 3.95 GAA this season.
The 39-year-old Joseph hasn't played since Oct. 24, but coach Wayne Gretzky said last Friday that Joseph was still his No. 1 goalie and that he was just resting him.
Joseph is 1-5 with a 3.38 GAA in his last seven games against the Ducks.
David LeNeveu has played the last two games in net for the Coyotes, going 1-1 with a 4.50 GAA.
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