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Coyotes look for a rare home win

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(AP) — Craig MacTavish, the general manager of the Edmonton Oilers, debuts as the interim coach of the team this evening in Glendale, Arizona, as the Oilers face the Coyotes. MacTavish announced the firing yesterday of Dallas Eakins (AY’-kihnz) as coach. Minor league coach Todd Nelson will eventually take over the team. In the Coyotes, the Oilers are facing a team that has lost a franchise record nine straight home games.

The Blackhawks and Wild are meeting for the first time since the Western Conference playoffs earlier this year. Chicago won that best-of-seven affair in six games and tonight’s game is in Chicago. This is the first of five meetings this season for the Wild and Blackhawks.

Tampa Bay goalie Ben Bishop is questionable for tonight’s game in Philadelphia. He suffered a lower-body injury in last night’s loss to the Penguins.

The Leafs are doing well. They are 9-1-1 since a loss on Nov. 18th. Tonight they are home to the Anaheim Ducks.

Carolina has fallen on hard times. The Hurricanes have lost five straight and have been able to score just one goal in each game. Tonight they are facing the Canadiens in Montreal.

The Kings and Blues play the first game of a home and home series tonight in St. Louis. The second game will be played Thursday night in Los Angeles.

The rest of the schedule this evening has Columbus skating in Detroit, the Capitals are at Florida, Boston is playing in Nashville, the Jets are home to the Sabres and the Flames, who have lost five straight, are home to the Rangers.

 

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