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COYOTES (4-2-1) at DUCKS (5-1-0)
TV: FS-A, FS-W
Season series: This is the first of five meetings between the Pacific Division rivals.
The Phoenix Coyotes and Anaheim Ducks met four times last season, including three games in a five-day span.
Big story: The 2013-14 Ducks are the first team in franchise history to win five of their first six games to open a season, earning five consecutive victories following a season-opening loss in Colorado. At 5-1-0, the Ducks have matched the best start in club history by points, joining the 2006-07 squad (4-0-2, 10 points). In addition, the club has won its opening three home games (3-0-0) for the first time in team history. Anaheim's best start through seven games was in 2006-07, when the club opened with a 5-0-2 record for 12 points. And, in the 20-year history, no Anaheim team has won six of its first seven games. The Ducks have outscored their opposition, 20-9, during their five straight victories, which is the third-longest win streak in the NHL this season and the longest active streak
Ducks: Viktor Fasth was the big star, turning aside 33-of-35 shots as the Ducks held off the Calgary Flames 3-2 on Wednesday. The game-winner was scored by Teemu Selanne, who scored his first goal of the season and the 676th of his career. But, he felt the Ducks did not play their best game.
"Sometimes you've got to be lucky. But, to be honest, that was not a very good hockey game from us," he said. "It was good that we won. A lot of times, like last year, we won the games when we didn't play really well. But, we just found a way to win again. That's a good thing. But it was not pretty out there, especially the third period. Viktor stole the points for us."
Fasth made 16 saves in the third period and came up huge as the Ducks escaped with two points.
"I was little shaky in the first 20 [minutes], I think. It was hard to read bounces. But I felt better the longer the game went and the guys really helped out there today. It was really good to get that win," Fasth said.
Coyotes: Despite blowing a two-goal lead in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Senators on Tuesday, the Coyotes have gained points in four straight games.
"We were lucky to get out of the first period even. Then we got a two-goal lead but we couldn't hang on to it … They were hungry, they came after us and we didn't respond. Then we got a lead and we didn't play smart," Radim Vrbata said.
Vrbata scored his fourth goal of the season and Antoine Vermette had a pair of assists.
Coach Dave Tippett said if not for some errors, the Coyotes could have easily won.
"Take a couple mental mistakes out of our game we might be able to get two points out of that. It doesn't matter if it's the first game back from a trip, doesn't matter if you're tired. Whatever it is, find a way to win ... I hate making excuses for not winning," he said.
Who's hot: Jakob Silfverberg enters tonight's contest with points in five of his first six games as a Duck (5-1=5). He's currently tied for 14th among NHL leaders in goal scoring, and also leads Anaheim in goals and co-leads in points. Dustin Penner, who had two goals for the Los Angeles Kings all last season, has matched that total with goals in each of the past two games.
Rob Klinkhammer has three goals in his past two games for the Coyotes.
Injury report: Defensemen Luca Sbisa (left ankle) and Sheldon Souray (wrist) along with wing Matt Beleskey (upper body) are all on injured reserve for the Ducks. ... Defensemen Rostislav Klesla (upper body) is doubtful and Derek Morris (lower body) is questionable for the Coyotes.
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