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Red Wings-Coyotes Preview

Friday, 04.23.2010 / 4:00 PM
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Red Wings-Coyotes Preview
Detroit Red Wings vs. Phoenix Coyotes
 

By Dave Vest
GLENDALE – Looking to take a 3-2 lead, the Coyotes will play the Detroit Red Wings in Game 5 of their Western Conference playoff series tonight at Jobing.com Arena. The puck drops at 7 p.m. (Arizona time).

The best-of-seven series is tied at two games apiece with Game 6 set for Sunday at Joe Louis Arena.

The Coyotes did not score a goal in Game 4 and are 0 for 14 on power plays since starting the series 3 for 3.

"We can do better stuff with the puck in the offensive zone," Coyotes Head Coach Dave Tippett said. "We didn't give ourselves enough opportunities (In Game 4), more from turnovers and giveaways, so we can do a lot better job there. But all through our game, I think we can be better, and we'll need to be better in Game 5 to give ourselves the best chance to win."

The Coyotes are hoping that injured captain Shane Doan will be able to play but are preparing to play without him like they did in Game 4. Doan, who suffered an undisclosed injury in Game 3, skated briefly with teammates at Thursday's practice, but he didn't skate at the team's optional morning skate on Friday. Tippett on Friday said Doan would be a game-time decision.

"It's going to be a huge game, and I want to be ready," Doan said. "I waited a long time to have a chance to play in these (games) and I was thoroughly, thoroughly enjoying playing in them and loved every minute of being out on the ice and loved the hockey, so it's tough to watch."

Coyotes defensemam Mathieu Schneider will play tonight. Schneider did not play in the first four games of this series. (Click here to listen to an interview with Schneider.)

The Red Wings are hoping rookie goalie Jimmy Howard will play as well as he did in Game 4 when he stopped all of Phoenix’s 29 shots to earn his first shutout in the NHL playoffs.

"They believe he had a stellar game, and he stole the game," Coyotes forward Wojtek Wolski said. "I wouldn't go as far as saying that. We, in one period, had like 10 shots and missed the net 10 times. If you get five of those on net, there's rebounds, there's some other shots. He's played well, but we want to make sure we make it a little harder for him."

Neither team has been able to capture momentum in this series beyond one game.

"We can't look at what we did (in Game 4) and automatically think we've regained control of this series," Red Wings left wing Henrik Zetterberg told the Detroit Free Press. "Everyone realizes that this will continue to be an extremely tough series. It's important for us now to build upon what we did in (in Game 4)… and play an inspired game (tonight)."
 
Wolski
Coyotes left wing Wojtek Wolski has scored a goal in three of the first four games of this series and has notched at least one point in eight of the past nine games.
Zetterberg
Red Wings left wing Henrik Zetterberg has notched five goals and two assists in this series and leads both teams with seven points.
 
  • Coyotes winger Lee Stempniak has not scored a goal in this series after scoring 14 goals in the last 18 games of the regular season. "It's funny, it's streaky. I scored all those goals, and I wasn't doing anything differently than what I felt like I was doing in Toronto, just had more success."

  • Coyotes goalie Ilya Bryzgalov has allowed 13 goals in the first four games of the series for a 3.26 goals-against average. In the regular season, Bryzgalov's GAA was 2.29.

  • On Thursday, Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard was named as a finalist for the Calder Trophy, along with Buffalo defenseman Tyler Myers and Colorado forward Matt Duchene. 
 
Nokelainen

“We want to be stronger and we want to be more physical than we were in the last game.”

'YOTES QUOTES:
Petteri Nokelainen


Mathieu Schneider

 
  Kirk Maltby
  Shane Doan
  Kurt Sauer
  Scottie Upshall
series schedule/results
DateScoreW. Goal
Apr 27 '10DET 6 at PHX 1P. Datsyuk
Apr 25 '10PHX 5 at DET 2R. Vrbata
Apr 23 '10DET 4 at PHX 1T. Holmstrom
Apr 20 '10PHX 0 at DET 3H. Zetterberg
Apr 18 '10PHX 4 at DET 2P. Prucha
Apr 16 '10DET 7 at PHX 4H. Zetterberg
Apr 14 '10DET 2 at PHX 3D. Morris
PlayerGPGAP+/-PIMPPGW
H. Zetterberg5628+5422
V. Filppula5325+4020
P. Datsyuk5325+1600
J. Franzen5145+3800
T. Holmstrom5224+2201
T. Bertuzzi5044+3200
B. Stuart5044+3200
N. Kronwall5044+0400
N. Lidstrom5123+1010
B. Rafalski5022+2000
D. Miller5101+0200
J. Abdelkader4101+1200
J. Ericsson5011+2200
K. Draper5000+0200
A. Lilja5000+0800
D. Cleary5000-1200
P. Eaves5000-2000
D. Helm5000-4200
J. Williams1000+0000
GoalieGPRec.GASAGAASv%
J. Howard53-2121592.42.925
PlayerGPGAP+/-PIMPPGW
M. Lombardi5156+1000
W. Wolski5314+0010
K. Yandle5213+1210
R. Vrbata5123+0200
D. Morris5123-1211
M. Hanzal5033-1600
P. Prucha5112+0201
S. Doan3112+0400
A. Aucoin5022+1600
S. Lepisto5101-2600
E. Jovanovski5101-5200
Z. Michalek5011-2200
L. Stempniak5011-4000
V. Fiddler4011-31000
P. Nokelainen5000-1200
D. Winnik5000-1000
L. Korpikoski5000-2200
T. Pyatt5000-3200
R. Lang2000+0000
M. Schneider1000+0000
GoalieGPRec.GASAGAASv%
I. Bryzgalov52-3161723.21.907
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