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Florida Panthers vs. Phoenix Coyotes

Wednesday, 02.04.2004 / 7:00 PM

Associated Press

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GAME: Florida Panthers (17-23-11-3) at Phoenix Coyotes (18-18-14-2).

TIME: Wednesday, 9 p.m. EST.

The Phoenix Coyotes haven't had much luck in their new arena.

The Coyotes hope to end a miserable six-game homestand on a positive note as they take on the Florida Panthers.

Phoenix, 1-3-1 on its current homestand, has struggled since opening Glendale Arena with a 3-1 loss to Nashville on Dec. 27.

The Coyotes are 8-11-4-1 at home, but only 2-7-2-0 in the Glendale Arena.

"We're having a very difficult time playing at home right now, let's put it on the table," Phoenix coach Bob Francis said. "We have to address it and correct it. I think the mental side of the game has definitely kicked in. We're a different team on the road, as opposed to playing at home."

In Monday's 3-3 tie with Columbus, Brian Boucher stopped 25 shots for the Coyotes, who ended a three-game losing streak but are still winless in four. Ladislav Nagy and Jan Hrdina each had a goal and an assist as the Coyotes squandered a 2-0 first-period lead.

"It's extremely disappointing to allow a team to get back into the game," Coyotes captain Shane Doan said. "When you have as much time on the power play as we had, we should have had better results."

The Panthers also are winless in four (0-3-1), including a 3-0 loss to the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday.

Roberto Luongo had 25 saves for the Panthers, who would fall a season-high seven games under .500 with a loss Wednesday. While he's just 2-5-1 in his last eight starts, Luongo leads the NHL in saves and save percentage among goalies who have played more than 40 games.

Tuesday's loss left the Panthers 0-2 on a three-game road trip and 2-8-4-1 in their last 15 road games.

2003-2004 season series
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Feb 04 '04FLA 5 at PHX 4 - OTO. Jokinen
Oct 15 '03PHX 2 at FLA 1R. Suchy
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