COYOTES (4-4-3) at STARS (7-4-0)
TV -- FS-Southwest (HD)
Last 10 -- Phoenix 3-4-3, Dallas 6-4-0
Season series -- It's the first of six meetings between the Pacific Division rivals, but the more important figure at this point for the two teams is their record within the Western Conference. The Coyotes are 3-1-0 while the Stars have struggled at 2-3-0, including 0-2-0 within the division.
Big story -- Both teams are coming off solid character wins. The Coyotes came from behind to beat the Predators and the Stars battled their way to a 5-2 home victory against the Penguins. Both also have tough stretches coming up in their schedules and could use the win.
Coyotes -- One thing the 'Yotes haven't done yet this year is string two wins together. They're hoping the third-period rally that got them a win over Nashville on Wednesday will provide some momentum against the Stars.
Special teams were the secret, as the Coyotes scored a pair of power-play goals and ratcheted up the penalty kill overcoming a 3-2 deficit after 40 minutes. The game-winner at 5:38 of the third period gave Ed Jovanovski his first career hat trick.
"It was a heck of an effort on his (Jovanovski's) part," coach Dave Tippett said. "He was opportunistic in getting the goals, but he played a solid game for us, too. Him and (Sami) Lepisto were a good pair for us out there, and it's good to see him get rewarded for that work."
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