Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo watches the puck on a goal by Detroit Red Wings center Joakim Andersson during the second period of their NHL hockey game in Detroit, Michigan February 24, 2013. (Photo : REUTERS/ Rebecca Cook (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT ICE HOCKEY))
The Phoenix Coyotes will look to snap a two-game losing streak when they take on Vancouver Canucks.
The Coyotes are coming off a tough 5-4 loss to the Calgary Flames. Phoenix held a 4-3 lead with just under two minutes to play but subsequently gave up two goals in 23 seconds and lost the game. The game winner was scored at 19 minute mark by Curtis Glencross. "We've got to find a way to close these games out," Phoenix Head Coach Dave Tippett said after the loss. "That's not who we are as a team and we'll adjust tomorrow. ... (It's) very uncharacteristic of us. That's disturbing that it's happening, but we'll fix it."
Phoenix got goals from Raffi Torres (two goals), Michael Stone, and Nick Johnson while Mike Smith made 26 saves on 31 shots in the loss.
The Canucks and goalie Roberto Luongo are coming off an even more painful 8-3 loss to the Detroit Red Wings. "It's one of those games where it felt like the puck was finding its way in on almost every shot," Luongo said after his first regulation loss of the season. It was the first time this season that Luongo allowed more than three goals in a single game. Two nights earlier, the keeper had pitched a23 save shutout in a 1-0 win over the Nashville Predators.
This is the first meeting of the season between the two clubs; they split the season series in 2011-12.
Predictions: Vancouver has been dominant this season and will take down Phoenix 3-1.
Start Time; 10 PM EST
TV: FS-A PLUS, SNET-P