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Phoenix Coyotes vs. Detroit Red Wings

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By Dave Vest
The Coyotes will look to end a two-game trip on a positive note tonight when they play the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena. The puck drops at 5 p.m. (Arizona time). The game will be televised nationally on Versus.

Phoenix (29-18-5) is looking to rebound from a lackluster outing against the Washington Capitals on Saturday night in which it committed eight penalties and lost 4-2.

“We’ve got to get back to doing the little things because the little things are what make us successful,” Coyotes captain Shane Doan said. “When we are struggling we try to cheat, and we try to get away from stopping on the puck and getting the puck deep and being on the right side of it.”

Ilya Bryzgalov, who is one win shy of setting a career-high for wins in a season, is expected to start in goal for the Coyotes, who haven’t beaten Detroit at Joe Louis Arena since March 7, 2006, a span of six games.

“With the players they have and the experience they have… it’s important for us to get back to working first and playing good defense,” Coyotes forward Scottie Upshall said. “I think if we do that we can take the crowd out of the game early, and I think that will be a key to some success against these guys.”

Phoenix enters the game with 63 points, which ranks fifth in the Western Conference. The Red Wings (25-18-8) are in eighth place in the conference with 58 points.

“They’ve battled a lot of injuries through the year but they’ve kept their head above water and eventually they are going to get those guys back in the lineup,” Coyotes Head Coach Dave Tippett said. “In the meantime, they’ve got some young players that have really played hard for them and they’re still a very, very good team.”

Red Wings star forward Henrik Zetterberg is pointless in his past three games. Pavel Datsyuk has just one assist in that same stretch.

The Red Wings are expecting defenseman Niklas Kronwall to return to their lineup tonight. He hasn’t played since spraining a knee ligament on Nov. 21 at Montreal. Still, he leads the Red Wings defensemen with five goals and is third among that group with 13 points.

“He gives you a dynamic guy on the back end, whether that be physical, whether that be defending, whether that be in the rush offensively, whether that be on the power play, whether that be on the penalty kill,” Red Wings Head Coach Mike Babcock told the team’s official Website.
Coyotes left wing Lauri Korpikoski scored two goals against Washington on Saturday. In that game, he played a season-high 25 shifts and took a season-high five shots on goal.
Red Wings right wing Todd Bertuzzi has four points in the past six games, including goals in each of the past two games. Bertuzzi co-leads the team with 15 goals.
  • The Coyotes enter the game 1-2-0 vs. Detroit this season. They have not beaten the Red Wings twice in one season since 2005-06.

  • The Coyotes are hoping forward Daniel Winnik returns to the lineup tonight. Winnik, one of their key penalty killers, has missed the past two games because of an upper-body injury.

  • In their last four games, the Red Wings have entered the third period holding a lead. They are 1-2-1 in those games.

"It doesn't matter where they are in the standings... they've got guys who can go out and put on a show so you've got to play them hard."

Keith Yandle

  Johan Franzen
  Tomas Holmstrom
  Andrea Lilja
  Jason Williams
  Kurt Sauer
2009-2010 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Jan 26 '10 PHX 5 at DET 4 - OT S. Doan
Jan 02 '10 DET 4 at PHX 1 T. Holmstrom
Dec 14 '09 PHX 2 at DET 3 D. Meech
Oct 22 '09 DET 2 at PHX 3 - OT A. Aucoin
S. Doan53152338-73554
M. Lombardi4992534-62440
S. Upshall48181331+55024
R. Vrbata53161531+131842
E. Jovanovski3991827+04552
K. Yandle5381826+53942
R. Lang5381725-82231
M. Hanzal5261925+36410
A. Aucoin5371522-13612
P. Prucha5211617+31221
V. Fiddler4751217+92601
D. Winnik4631316+81001
P. Mueller4431013-7611
T. Pyatt468412+61611
Z. Michalek443811+71821
J. Vandermeer46369+54801
S. Lepisto45088+13200
L. Korpikoski43437-9601
P. Bissonnette32325+08801
D. Schlemko17145+1800
A. Eriksson12033+0200
M. Boedker10022+1000
S. Heshka8022+0400
K. Porter4000+1000
J. Hoggan4000-1200
K. Sauer1000+1000
I. Bryzgalov4627-14-410612842.37.917
J. LaBarbera103-4-1222632.49.916
P. Datsyuk50122739+121251
H. Zetterberg44122739+61424
T. Bertuzzi52151530-46043
N. Lidstrom5252328+191230
B. Rafalski4841923+14820
D. Cleary40101222-42111
T. Holmstrom4215621+43073
D. Helm458816+01202
K. Draper5161016+02210
V. Filppula2641216-41210
P. Eaves418715-11701
N. Kronwall225813+21830
D. Miller506612+3612
J. Ericsson383710-112200
B. Stuart52279-91210
V. Leino42437-10611
J. Williams15257-5421
J. Abdelkader49336-103100
B. Lebda49156-72200
K. Maltby44325+13200
D. Meech35134-91301
J. Franzen3112+0611
D. Janik13022-31800
K. Newbury4101+1400
B. May35011-45900
M. Ritola5000+0000
J. Kindl3000-2000
J. Howard3518-11-57910392.30.924
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