A few more games like his last two, and he may be pushing for the starting job on a regular basis.
The Coyotes will try to win three straight games for the first time since the opening week of the season when they continue a four-game road trip against the punchless Carolina Hurricanes.
Boucher stopped 35 shots Friday and recorded his second consecutive shutout in a 6-0 victory at Dallas.
Boucher, third on the Coyotes’ depth chart earlier this season behind Sean Burke and Zac Bierk, turned aside 21 shots Wednesday in a 4-0 win over visiting Los Angeles. Boucher has not allowed a goal in 140 minutes, 45 seconds, and is unbeaten in his last six decisions (3-0-3).
“It’s nice to contribute,” Boucher said after his ninth career shutout Friday. “Any time you can contribute and help your teammates, it’s a nice feeling. It’s a team game and these guys play hard every single night, so when I get in there, I certainly want to do my part to give them the chance to win.”
“I thought we executed really well in different areas,” Phoenix coach Bob Francis said. “A lot of guys stepped forward and we got a lot of challenges.”
While Boucher has been excellent lately, Burke has just one win his last six games (1-3-2).
Doan, on pace for the best season of his career, has seven goals and nine assists in his last 12 games.
A weak offense continues to be the biggest problem facing new Hurricanes coach Peter Laviolette.
Carolina, the NHL’s lowest-scoring team, failed to score more than two goals for the 10th straight game Friday in a 4-1 loss to Detroit.
The Hurricanes are 4-4 under Laviolette and have scored 12 goals in those eight games.
“We’ve got to stay positive,” defenseman Glen Wesley said. “We got ourselves into this thing and we’ve got to get ourselves out. There is nothing else to say. It’s getting old around here.”
While Carolina has struggled to score, Kevin Weekes has provided the team with very strong goaltending. Weekes, however, was pulled Friday after allowing two goals on seven shots in the first period.
STANDINGS (through Jan. 2): Coyotes - 39 points, 4th place, 5 PB, Pacific Division. Hurricanes - 34 points, 4th place, 9 PB, Southeast Division.
TEAM LEADERS: Coyotes - Ladislav Nagy, 18 goals; Doan, 25 assists and 41 points; Cale Hulse, 66 PIM. Hurricanes - Josef Vasicek, 9 goals; Jeff O’Neill, 16 assists and 20 points; Jesse Boulerice, 72 PIM.
SPECIAL TEAMS (through Jan. 2): Coyotes - Power play: 14.2 percent (23 for 162), 20th in NHL. Penalty killing: 82.6 percent (166 for 201), 22nd. Hurricanes - Power play: 11.1 percent (18 for 162), 29th. Penalty killing: 84.0 percent (131 for 156), 18th.
GOALTENDERS: Coyotes - Burke (10-11-5, 1 SO, 2.66 GAA); Boucher (3-2-4, 2, 2.13). Hurricanes - Weekes (12-14-6, 4, 2.03); Jamie Storr (0-4-2, 3.02).
2002-03 SEASON SERIES: 1-1-0.
LAST MEETING: Feb. 26; Coyotes, 4-2. At Phoenix, Burke stopped 33 shots and the Coyotes got goals from four different players.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Coyotes - 6-6-9-1 on the road; Hurricanes - 8-6-5-1 at home.