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Coyotes trying to turn around woeful offense

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Toronto (9-10-6) at Phoenix (11-11-2), 9:00 pm EST

GLENDALE, Arizona (Ticker) -- As a player, Wayne Gretzky set

virtually all of the offensive records in the NHL. The Phoenix

Coyotes coach hasn't seen his team have the same scoring touch

this season.

The Coyotes will try to end their offensive woes and record

their fourth win in five contests when they face the Toronto

Maple Leafs on Thursday.

Phoenix has a Western Conference-low 56 goals, finding the back

of the net more than four times just once in 24 games.

Rookie Enver Lisin scored a pair of goals Tuesday to lead the

Coyotes to a 4-2 triumph over the Los Angeles Kings. A

22-year-old who spent significant time in the American Hockey

League, Lisin has four goals and six points in eight games this


The Maple Leafs have not shared their opponent's problem of

scoring goals. Their struggles are on the other side of the


Toronto ranks 28th in the league - behind the Atlanta Thrashers

and Dallas Stars, surrendering 88 goals. Vesa Toskala has not

helped, posting a 9-7-5 record with a 3.13 goals--against

average and dreadful .888 save percentage.