San Jose (16-19-4) at Arizona (15-20-4)

  • Game info: 9:00 pm EST Mon Jan 20, 2003
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PHOENIX (TICKER) —The Phoenix Coyotes hope to jump start their anemic offense and special teams on Monday as they try to salvage the finale of a three-game homestand against the San Jose Sharks at America West Arena.

The Coyotes are the sixth-worst offensive team in the league this season with just 109 goals and they have been even worse of late. They have managed only five goals during a six-game winless skid (0-4-1-1) and have been shut out three times during that stretch.

Phoenix has been extremely ineffective on the power play, scoring once in its last 34 opportunities with the man advantage. The Coyotes also have allowed four shorthanded goals in their last two games.

The Coyotes are coming off a 1-0 loss to the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday. Zac Bierk stopped 22 shots but fell to 0-4-1-1 following a four-game winning streak.

Bierk, who is the third goalie behind the injured Sean Burke and Brian Boucher, has made 143 saves on 149 shots in five games but has suffered from a lack of offensive support.

The Coyotes also are playing without right wing Tony Amonte, who has missed the last three games with bruised ribs. He is considered questionable for Monday’s game.

San Jose has won just once in its last eight games (1-4-2-1) and skated to a 3-1 loss against the Dallas Stars on Saturday.

Todd Harvey scored the lone goal for the Sharks as leading scorers Owen Nolan and Teemu Selanne were held scoreless for the eighth straight game.

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