The Phoenix Coyotes recent time on the road in Western Canada wasn’t the most successful trip, but they came away with 3 points and an impressive win over the Vancouver Canucks. The struggles of the past two games didn’t really seem to come into play as the Coyotes were able to maintain their lead and score goals despite injuries to 2 of their top line. Although this may be the game where we finally see the return of D-man Derek Morris, it appears that the Desert Dogs will again be without top scorers Radim Vrbata and Martin Hanzal. The last time these two teams met though Hanzal and Vrbata were both involved in the game winning goal in the Coyotes 2-1 victory, whether or not their presence will continue to be missed remains to be seen. The Wild haven’t played great on the road this past month, but they haven’t played terribly either. They are 5-2-1 in their last 8 games. They are coming off a win against the Calgary Flames at home, but this month they have dropped games against the Flames, the Canucks, the Anaheim Ducks, and of course their previous game against the Phoenix Coyotes. They also let the struggling Colorado Avalanche take them to overtime, although they did come out of that game with two points. The Wild are currently 1 point behind the Yotes in the standings with a game in hand, so a victory here is very important, as far as the playoffs are concerned. Curiously enough the Wild also have the lowest goals for in the league with 39, and although they do not allow many goals either with 43.
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