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The Ducks finish playing the Coyotes three times in a row this week as both teams look to push forward their playoff hopes
The Anaheim Ducks will lace them up for the second time at Jobing.com Arena in three days on Monday as the two teams play the middle game of a mini three game series inside the season schedule.
The Coyotes took game one on Monday night as both teams played a physical and entertaining encounter featuring eight goals in regulation and a shootout in which Mike Smith played the hero leading the 'Yotes to a 5-4 victory. Ten different Coyotes registered points in that game, and it is going to take an all-out effort by the whole roster to compete with a team as hot as the Ducks are.
The Ducks sit in second place in the Western Conference, nine points ahead of the Coyotes. They are playing amazing hockey (15-3-2 this season), and if not for the incredible run of the Chicago Blackhawks early this season, would definitely be garnering a ton of attention. They are 8-1-1 in their last 10 games and offensively are clicking on all cylinders. Ryan Getzlaf, Saku Koivu, Teemu Selanne, Bobby Ryan and Corey Perry give them five ultra-talented forwards that are all scoring at the moment.
Securing at least a point at home on Monday would be huge for Phoenix. Taking two in regulation would be even better, but as the Ducks proved on Saturday, that will be a huge task for the Desert Dogs.
Securing a point on Wednesday would be even bigger. Anything that the Coyotes can do to slow down this Anaheim freight train that is running away with this division would be huge. If the Coyotes hope to repeat as Pacific Division champs, taking at least four out of six points in this three game stand is a must.
To do this, the Coyotes are going to have to find a way to solve Ducks' goalie Viktor Fasth. He is 9-1-1 on the season with a minuscule 2.08 goals against average. Scoring four goals on him the other night took a herculean effort, and more of the same will be necessary for the Coyotes to obtain the four points they truly need to begin to close the door on their Pacific Division rivals.