Anaheim Ducks (12-2-1, 25 pts)
2nd in Western Conference, 1st in Pacific Division
The Ducks have been the second hottest team in the league so far this season (behind Chicago). Anaheim won all four of their games played last week, including a shootout victory over the aforementioned Blackhawks. They’ve played 10 games so far in February and have lost only one game (to Dallas).
The Ducks have been riding rookie goalie Viktor Fasth during this streak and the 30-year-old is still undefeated this season (8-0-0). Jonas Hiller just returned from an injury and posted a win in his first game back.
On the injury front, the Ducks only have to worry about Cam Fowler. Fowler has missed the past eight games due to a concussion but all signs point to him being back within a week or two.
Phoenix Coyotes (8-6-2, 18 points)
6th in Western Conference, 2nd in Pacific Division
Phoenix has been up and down lately, though it’s been more up than down. They won two of three games last week and then shutout the Calgary Flames on Monday night.
Mike Smith has started nine straight games since returning from injury and has been stellar (two or fewer goals in five of the nine games).
Phoenix is dealing with injuries to Matthew Lombardi, Radim Vrbata, Derek Morris and David Schlemko. All but Schlemko are expected back for the Coyotes next game on Saturday.no comments