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The Desert Dog Blog: First Thoughts on Rematch with Red Wings

Sunday, 04.10.2011 / 3:01 PM MT / The Desert Dog Blog - by Dave Vest
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The Desert Dog Blog: First Thoughts on Rematch with Red Wings
GLENDALE – You again?

Judging by various social media platforms, Coyotes fans are psyched about getting another shot at the Detroit Red Wings in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

One fan on the official Coyotes Facebook page summed up the prevailing attitude about the rematch best in two words: “revenge baby.”

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The Red Wings, of course, won a thrilling seven-game series vs. Phoenix last season. Detroit clinched that series with a convincing 6-1 win in Game 7 at Arena that dampened an otherwise glorious season for the Coyotes.

After playing three games in four nights, Coyotes players were given a day off on Sunday. They will reconvene on Monday for a closed-to-the-public practice in Scottsdale. I’m guessing many will be quoted after practice about how eager they are to play the Red Wings again and how they’d like to even the score after what happened last season.

General Manager Don Maloney is looking forward to the series.

“Anyone who even remotely follows NHL hockey knows how strong Detroit has been for many years,” Maloney told me on Sunday. “However, we feel good about our team and believe we will be up to the challenge. I expect this to be a fast, hard played, exciting series.”

Dave Vest
Twitter: @davest4yotes
One change from last season is that the third-seeded Red Wings will have home-ice advantage over the sixth-seeded Coyotes. If last season’s series is any indication, that will mean little; the road team won four of the seven games in the 2010 series, including the final three games.

The Coyotes pushed the Red Wings to seven games last season playing without captain Shane Doan for four of the seven games. Doan suffered a separated shoulder in Game 3 after tumbling into the end boards to avoid a collision with Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard. Doan ranks 13th on the franchise’s all-time playoff points list with 14 in 35 games and ranks tied for eighth with seven playoff goals.

I agree with Maloney. It should be a very entertaining series. I look forward to covering it and I invite all of you to follow it via on a daily basis for exclusive, in-depth coverage starting on Monday.

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