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Phoenix Coyotes vs. Detroit Red Wings

By Dave Vest
DETROIT – Facing elimination, the Coyotes will try to pull even with the Detroit Red Wings today in Game 6 of their playoff series at Joe Louis Arena. The puck drops at 11 a.m. (Arizona time).

Detroit leads the best-of-seven Western Conference playoff series 3-2. Game 7, if necessary, would be played on Tuesday in Glendale.

“These games are very tight,” Coyotes Head Coach Dave Tippett said. “Every single play is a play that can have a bearing on the game. There are spurts where one team grabs the momentum over the other, but it's what you can do with that momentum. The last two games, they've (responded with) a couple of quick plays that have put the game out of reach."

He added, "We're going to be a team that never quits we're going to go in there and we'll be ready to go. We feel like we can compete with anybody, and we'll go in there with that mind-set."

EDITOR’S NOTE: Click here to watch an exclusive, in-depth interview with Tippett recorded Saturday at the team’s hotel in Detroit.

Ilya Bryzgalov will be in goal for the Coyotes, who are looking to advance to the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since the team moved to Phoenix from Winnipeg in 1996. Bryzgalov has given the Coyotes a chance to win in all of the first five games, but he has yet to “steal” a game for the Coyotes in this series.

After scoring 11 goals in the first three games, Phoenix has scored just one goal in the past two games. With the season on the line, someone must step up offensively in Game 6.

Coyotes captain Shane Doan, who missed Game 4 and 5 because of an undisclosed injury he suffered in Game 3, accompanied the team to Detroit but will not play.

"It's one thing when he has a desire to play, but he has to be functional," Tippett said.

The Red Wings won Game 4 and 5 by pouncing on scoring chances in the third period and by getting stellar goaltending from rookie Jimmy Howard, who is expecting another tough game today.

"This is the time of year when you're just leaving every single thing on the ice,” Howard said. “..The hardest game of the year is closing someone out and it's going to be a dogfight, just like every game in this series has been."
Coyotes center Matthew Lombardi has notched at least one point in four of the five games in this series, and leads the team with six points.
Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard, who was named a finalist for the Calder Trophy last week, has stopped 59 of 60 shots in the past two games.
  • The Coyotes have lost two consecutive games in this series. Phoenix lost three games in a row only twice this season, and both of those streaks came before the team acquired five players at the NHL trade deadline.

  • The Coyotes have not scored a power-play goal since Game 1. Phoenix was 0 for 18 in Games 2-6.

  • Both teams flew from Phoenix to Detroit on Saturday. Unlike last week, the Red Wings practiced after arriving and the Coyotes did not practice. 

"They are an experienced team and we know they’re going to be good. We've just got to find a way to be better."

Ed Jovanovski

  Kirk Maltby
  Shane Doan
  Kurt Sauer
  Scottie Upshall
series schedule/results
DateScoreW. Goal
Apr 14 '10 DET 2 at PHX 3 D. Morris
Apr 16 '10 DET 7 at PHX 4 H. Zetterberg
Apr 18 '10 PHX 4 at DET 2 P. Prucha
Apr 20 '10 PHX 0 at DET 3 H. Zetterberg
Apr 23 '10 DET 4 at PHX 1 T. Holmstrom
Apr 25 '10 PHX 5 at DET 2 R. Vrbata
Apr 27 '10 DET 6 at PHX 1 P. Datsyuk
M. Lombardi6156+2000
W. Wolski6415+1010
K. Yandle6235+1410
R. Vrbata6224+0411
D. Morris6134+01111
P. Prucha6123+1401
M. Hanzal6033-1600
T. Pyatt6112-3210
S. Doan3112+0400
A. Aucoin6022+2600
Z. Michalek6022-3200
L. Stempniak6022-4000
S. Lepisto6101-2600
L. Korpikoski6101-3200
E. Jovanovski6101-6400
M. Schneider2101+0010
V. Fiddler5011-41000
R. Lang3011+0000
D. Winnik6000-3000
P. Nokelainen5000-1200
I. Bryzgalov63-3182053.01.912
H. Zetterberg6628+3622
P. Datsyuk6336+2600
J. Franzen6156+4800
V. Filppula6325+3020
B. Stuart6145+4200
N. Kronwall6055+0400
T. Holmstrom6224+3401
T. Bertuzzi6044+1200
N. Lidstrom6123+0010
B. Rafalski6022+2000
D. Miller6101+0200
D. Helm6101-3200
J. Abdelkader5101+12300
J. Ericsson6011+2200
K. Draper6000+0400
D. Cleary6000+0200
A. Lilja6000+01000
P. Eaves6000-2000
J. Williams1000+0000
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