Struggling Coyotes look to get on the board vs. Lightning

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Tampa Bay (11-18-10) at Phoenix (19-17-5) 9:00 p.m. EST

GLENDALE, Arizona (Ticker) -- The Phoenix Coyotes are trying to

put an end to a two-game losing streak - and that's the least of

their problems. First, they've got to figure out a way to score

a goal.

After being shut out in back-to-back games, the Coyotes will try

to snap out of it on Thursday as they host the Tampa Bay


Phoenix is currently situated in the eighth and final playoff

spot in the Western Conference, but won't last there much longer

with more performances like its last two. The Coyotes got off a

total of 51 shots in meetings with Anaheim and Chicago, but

failed to hit the back of the net.

First it was a 2-0 loss to the Ducks on Saturday, followed by a

6-0 shellacking at the hands of the Blackhawks on Tuesday.

Chicago scored four times in the first period to take control

and Jonathan Toews finished off the scoring with a goal in the

second and another in the final session. Phoenix goaltender

Mikael Telqvist was pulled after just one period in favor of

Ilya Bryzgalov.

The Lightning, meanwhile, continue to toil near the bottom of

the Southeast Division. Their 95 goals are the third-fewest in

the league and they have a league-high 10 overtime losses this


However, they opened their five-game road trip in strong fashion

on Saturday, as Martin St. Louis scored twice and Vaclac Prospal

had two assists en route to a 4-1 victory over the Atlanta



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