The Phoenix Coyotes continue to be concerned about their power play, especially now that their penalty killing hasn't been up to par.
The visiting Coyotes will try to get back on track Wednesday night as they look to defeat the Anaheim Ducks for the fifth straight meeting.
Phoenix (15-11-3) owns the worst power play in the NHL at 10.9 percent. The Coyotes have also allowed opponents to go 8 for 18 with the man advantage during a 2-3-0 stretch.
"It's not rocket science when your PP is as bad as ours has been for the last how many games," captain Shane Doan said.
The Coyotes are just 2 for 46 (4.3 percent) in their last 16 games.
Mike Smith is 1-3-0 with a 5.61 goals-against average in his last four starts while getting pulled early twice. He made just 16 saves in Saturday's 4-1 home loss to Minnesota, and blamed himself for the defeat after the Coyotes conceded three power-play goals, matching a season high.
"You've got to try and work hard and get out of it," Smith said. "This last week hasn't been very good. So I've got to find a way to get out of this funk and get back to the way I was playing before."
Smith is 5-0-1 with a 2.00 GAA in six career starts against Anaheim (8-16-5), including two wins this season.
The Coyotes' penalty kill has been good this season against the Ducks, who are 0 for 6 in those games. Phoenix defenseman Keith Yandle had a goal and an assist in each meeting, extending his point streak versus Anaheim to seven games.
The lowly Ducks have one of the better penalty-kill units in the league at 84.6 percent.
Phoenix will get its first look at Anaheim since Bruce Boudreau replaced Randy Carlyle as coach following the Ducks' 4-1 win over Montreal on Nov. 30. Anaheim is 1-3-1 under Boudreau and is coming off two straight regulation losses.
Boudreau may have Lubomir Visnovsky for the first time. The defenseman has missed the last 13 games with a broken finger, but he went through practice Monday.
"When you get a chance to get your All-Star defenseman back in the lineup, if he's ready to play, he'll let us know that he's ready to play," Boudreau said.
Visnovsky is eager to make an impact for his new coach.
"He loves offensive style, and this team has lots of potential, the offensive potential (for) my teammates to score lots of goal," Visnovsky said. "This season, we don't score too many goals."
Center Rod Pelley could make his Anaheim debut after being acquired Monday in a trade with New Jersey.
"He was always a pretty good, rugged fourth-line, penalty-killing-type energy kind of guy," said Boudreau about Pelley.
Veteran winger Teemu Selanne has seven points during a five-game run that has coincided with Boudreau's tenure, but he has no goals and one assist in his last seven games versus the Coyotes.
Phoenix has never beaten the Ducks five straight times.
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