(SportsNetwork.com) - The Phoenix Coyotes will try to close a five-game road
trip with a third consecutive victory when they visit the Carolina Hurricanes
for a matinee Sunday afternoon at PNC Arena.
The Coyotes opened the 2013-14 campaign on home ice with a win over the New
York Rangers, but dropped the first two tilts of this swing by losing to San
Jose and the New York Islanders by a combined score of 10-2.
However, Phoenix recorded a 4-2 win Thursday in Detroit before beating the
Philadelphia Flyers by a 2-1 score on the following night. Oliver Ekman-
Larsson's power-play goal late in the second period broke a 1-1 tie against
the Flyers and Phoenix held on for the win from there. Rob Klinkhammer was
credited with the other Coyotes goal.
"This is a very tough building to win in," said Coyotes forward Shane Doan.
"You look throughout the year and you see a lot of teams that you know and
it's big to get two points coming out of here."
The Coyotes received a tremendous effort in net from Thomas Greiss, who made
36 saves and helped No. 1 netminder Mike Smith rest. Greiss stopped an Adam
Hall penalty shot in the first period and has a career 7-0 record when facing
at least 37 shots in a game during his NHL career.
Phoenix expects to return Smith to the crease on Sunday, although the
goaltender hasn't fared well against Carolina during his career, going 2-6-3
with a 3.05 goals against average in 11 career games versus the Hurricanes.
After completing its trek on Sunday, the Coyotes will play three of four and
six of their next eight games on home ice.
Carolina is 2-1-2 on the season and will try to bounce back from a shootout
loss in its last outing. The Hurricanes hosted Los Angeles on Friday and lost
a 2-1 decision after Kings sniper Jeff Carter recorded the lone goal in the
L.A. opened the scoring on Dwight King's shorthanded tally with 6:34 left in
the third period, but Jeff Skinner tied it with a power-play goal just 40
Cam Ward matched Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick for the majority of night,
turning aside 36-of-37 shots in a hard-luck loss. Quick stopped all three
Carolina attempts in the shootout phase, while Carter beat Ward with a
It was the second straight one-goal game for Carolina, which earned a 3-2
regulation win Thursday night in Washington.
"I thought it was a real gutsy effort for our guys coming off of that hard-
fought game in Washington last night (a 3-2 Carolina win)," said Hurricanes
head coach Kirk Muller. "I think that's a game that shows our team's growing
together. Obviously we didn't get that extra point, but three out of four
[points], that's pretty good."
Hurricanes rookie centerman Elias Lindholm suffered an upper-body injury in
Friday's game and is expected to miss Sunday's contest. Lindholm, who Carolina
selected with the fifth overall pick of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, has one goal
in his first five games as an NHLer this season.
Friday's test against L.A. marked the start of a three-game homestand for the
Hurricanes, who are 1-0-2 in Raleigh this season. Carolina will complete its
homestand with Tuesday's meeting against Chicago.
Phoenix has taken two of three and six of the last nine encounters with the
Hurricanes overall and has won two in a row in Raleigh.
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