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C - Jeremy Roenick, Bob Corkum, Mike Stapleton, Juha Ylonen, Daniel Briere. LW - Keith Tkachuk, Greg Adams, Jim Cummins, Mike Sullivan, Louie DeBrusk. RW - Rick Tocchet, Dallas Drake, Brad Isbister, Shane Doan. D - Keith Carney, Gerald Diduck, Jyrki Lumme, Teppo Numminen, Oleg Tverdovsky, Deron Quint. G - Nikolai Khabibulin, Jimmy Waite.


12/17 - Mike Sullivan, lw (broken toe, indefinite).


12/19 - Recalled Louie DeBrusk, lw, from Las Vegas (IHL); 12/19 - Bryan Helmer, d, claimed off waivers by the St. Louis Blues.


12/09 Montreal      W 4-2
12/12 at Ottawa     W 2-0
12/14 at Montreal   T 2-2
12/16 at Toronto    L 5-2
12/17 at St. Louis  L 3-2
12/20 NY Islanders  W 4-2


Pacific Division    GP   W   L   T   PTS   GF   GA   
  Dallas            30  19   5   6    44   89   62  
  Phoenix           27  18   5   4    40   78   49  
  Anaheim           31  12  12   7    31   75   73   
  San Jose          30   8  15   7    23   62   71   
  Los Angeles       32   9  20   3    21   70   91


by Bob Chebat, Phoenix Correspondents

Phoenix continues to trudge through the month of December with a long and grueling road trip that seems to be catching up with them. Since Nov. 28, the Coyotes have played eight games on the road and only two at home. During that span they have compiled a record of 5-3-2, with a season high three-game winless streak (0-2-1) over the last three games. Phoenix enjoyed its one game at home on Sunday the 20th, with a victory over the New York Islanders, before heading back to the road against Detroit, Chicago and Los Angeles later this week.

Juha Ylonen grabbed his second goal of the season against the Islanders, doubling his output of a season ago. Ylonen has been trading the second-line center position on the Coyotes with Daniel Briere since Cliff Ronning was traded on Oct. 31. Teaming up with the suddenly red-hot Greg Adams and Rick Tocchet has been a big plus for Ylonen so far this season. The Finnish center, now in his second full season with the team, is one of the hardest working forwards on the ice, each and every shift.

Left wing Keith Tkachuk re-aggravated his groin in the game against the Montreal Canadiens on Monday the 14th, and missed two games. Tkachuk returned to the lineup on Sunday the 20th against the Islanders and scored the game winner while the Coyotes were on the power play. Mike Sullivan has been sidelined with a broken toe and is currently listed as day-to-day. Dallas Drake has been playing on a fractured ankle.

In other news, the Scottsdale City Council narrowly approved the formation of a Stadium District on Dec. 17, which will allow the Coyotes to move forward on plans for a new stadium in south Scottsdale. The team is not out of the woods yet, though. Local residents are attempting to block the formation of the district and remove the council members from office who approved the district, saying that they are not thinking in the best interests of the citizens in the area. In May of 1999, the taxpayers will be asked on the ballot whether or not to allow the parties involved in the project to recapture state sales taxes to help fund the project. If the vote goes through, the Coyotes and the Ellman companies will begin construction immediately on the 20,000 seat facility surrounded by shopping, parks and movie theaters. This is a plan to revitalize the south side of Scottsdale as well as give the Coyotes a permanent hockey home in the Phoenix area.

Happy Holidays to everyone, see you next year. Peace to all.

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