After what was quite possibly their biggest win of the season on Saturday, in the 5-4 shootout win over Detroit, the Coyotes will host the best of the West, when they meet the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday night. Saturday saw the Coyotes come back from a 4-1 deficit, with a third period blowup by the Red Wings, resulting in the shootout victory to halt the Coyotes' losing streak.
The Coyotes now sit in seventh place in the Western Conference, with the Canucks leading to charge. Vancouver won back-to-back contests against teams from the Pacific Division, outscoring Los Angeles and Anaheim by a combined 6-1 over the weekend.
Tuesday marks the third of four meetings between the two squads, with the last meeting resulting in a brutal 6-0 loss for the Yotes.
As usual, it will be Ilya Bryzgalov between the pipes for Phoenix. Saturday against Detroit was Bryzgalov's first win since February 22nd, despite giving up more than three goals just once over that span.
Every game is key for the Coyotes, who will face the Western Conference for all 15 of their remaining games. As tight as the West is, Tuesday night could be a potential first round preview, should the Coyotes just sneak into the postseason.
They'll look to avoid such a situation, when the puck drops at 7 P.M. Phoenix time. Be sure to follow along with Five For Howling, for all your in-game updates.