Originally posted on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 11/5/13
Desert Dogs Canucks gameday links: NWSB Matchup Insight | NWSB Preview + Prediction The Vancouver Canucks visit Mike Smith and the Phoenix Coyotes tonight for a battle between two of the Western Conference’s hottest teams. The Canucks are 5-0-1 over their last six games, while the Coyotes have won six of their last seven contests. Below are five keys to tonight’s clash of Western Conference powers. Start Strong The Canucks have struggled to score first this season, giving the Coyotes an easy opportunity to lock the game down early tonight in Phoenix. The Coyotes are 5-0-0 when leading after the first period this season, and will be counting on Mike Smith to shut the door if given an early lead. While the Canucks have pulled off a few early comebacks already this season they certainly won’t like their chances down against Dave Tippett’s Coyotes. Henrik hasn’t missed Burrows so far this season.   Star Power The Phoenix Coyotes will have their hands full tonight with Vancouver’s top tr...
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