New lines clicking for Coyotes

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Minnesota (6-2-1) at Phoenix (4-4-0) 10:00 p.m. EDT

GLENDALE, Arizona (Ticker) -- A shuffling of the offensive lines

did wonders for the Phoenix Coyotes in their last game.

The Coyotes try to continue the momentum built from a lopsided

win when they host the Minnesota Wild on Saturday.

After Phoenix managed two goals or fewer in four of five games,

coach Wayne Gretzky decided it was time for a change. Gretzky

rearranged his forward pairings, a move that evidently worked as

the Coyotes posted a 4-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on


Rookie Kevin Porter scored his first career goal and Olli

Jokinen also tallied for Phoenix. Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 27

shots and Steven Reinprecht notched a pair of assists.

The Wild enter Saturday's contest after suffering their first

two regulation losses of the season. Minnesota opened the

campaign 6-0-1 before dropping decisions to Dallas and Montreal.

After surrendering four tallies in regulation for the first time

in a two-goal loss to the Stars on Wednesday, the Wild lost a

hard-luck 2-1 decision to the Canadiens the following day.



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