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Hawks to start Emery in Phoenix

GLENDALE -- The Chicago Blackhawks will try to break their season-high seven-game losing streak with Ray Emery in net, Joel Quenneville announced before Saturday's game against the Phoenix Coyotes.

Emery started two of the previous three games before giving way to Corey Crawford in Friday night’s 5-3 loss to the San Jose Sharks.

“Confidence-wise, we still have to feel good going into the game,” Quenneville said regarding the psyche of his team. “Everybody is kind of quiet, everybody is down but at the same time we have to recapture some energy internally.”

Despite the Hawks giving up five goals and losing their seventh consecutive game on Friday, Quenneville maintains there were some positives in the game.

“We were much more efficient in some areas than we’ve seen recently,” he said.

Quenneville said desperation is probably what is going to “get us over the hump here,” and the Hawks need to be better in all phases of special teams. They gave up three power-play goals to the Sharks while being held off the board on their own power play.

Defenseman Duncan Keith agreed a more desperate penalty kill will make the difference.

“If you look at all good penalty kills its tough to get shots through. They’re always in the shooting lanes. We could do a better job of that to help our goalies out. That will cut down on some of the scoring chances.”

Phoenix has won two of three against the Hawks. Chicago’s lone win came in Glendale back in October.