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Detroit Red Wings vs. Phoenix Coyotes

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By Dave Vest
GLENDALE – The Coyotes will play their 2010-11 home opener on Saturday night against the Detroit Red Wings at Arena. The puck drops at 6 p.m. (Arizona time).

The game is the first between the clubs since Game 7 of last season’s Western Conference quarterfinals when the Red Wings bumped the Coyotes from the playoffs with a 6-1 victory.

"The team that knocks you out of the playoffs the year before, that certainly leaves a bad taste in your mouth," Coyotes Head Coach Dave Tippett said. "So they're coming in, they're a very good hockey team, and we're going to have to play very well to beat them. It's a great challenge for us."

Goalie Ilya Bryzgalov will start in net for Phoenix (1-1-0), which has not played since returning home from Prague with a split against the Boston Bruins in the 2010 Compuware NHL Premiere last weekend.

Coyotes captain Shane Doan, who separated a shoulder in Game 3 of the playoff series with Detroit last season and missed the last four games, is eager to play this game.

"We're going to have a lot of fun and enjoy it," Doan said. "We have to establish that this is a place that we play well at, (and) when teams come in here it's going to be a tough night."

Coyotes defenseman Derek Morris, who missed the first two games of the season in Prague because of a lower-body injury, is expected to play vs. Detroit.

The Coyotes will be looking to shore up not-so-tight defensive zone coverage that resulted in 79 shots against in the first two games vs. Boston.

While the Coyotes have played just twice, the Red Wings (2-1-1) have played four games, and are coming off back-to-back losses, including a 4-1 defeat in Dallas on Thursday.

Forward Johan Franzen, who has scored three goals in the four games, suffered a head injury vs. Dallas and may not play vs. Phoenix.

"Whether he plays or not, a lot, obviously, will be determined by the tests and how he's feeling (Saturday)," Detroit General Manager Ken Holland told the Detroit News. "We'll let this play out. Maybe the tests will be positive but he wakes up (Saturday) and he doesn't feel good. Maybe he does feel good. We'll just see what happens."

Center Mike Modano scored a goal in his debut with the Red Wings on Oct. 8 but has been held point-less in the past three games, including his homecoming game at Dallas.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Click here to watch an interview with Coyotes defenseman Keith Yandle.
Who's Hot
Coyotes goalie Ilya Bryzgalov, last year's Vezina Trophy runner-up, has stopped 74 of 79 shots - for a .937 save percentage - in his first two starts.
Red Wings right wing Todd Bertuzzi leads Detroit with six points - one goal, five assists. He has notched at least one point in all four games.
Did You Know?
  • Coyotes Head Coach Dave Tippett ranks second among all NHL coaches in victories since the beginning of the 2002-03 campaign, Tippett’s first season as an NHL head coach with the Dallas Stars. Tippett, who has notched 322 wins in that span, trails only Red Wings Head Coach Mike Babcock (325).

  • The Coyotes and Red Wings will play three times in the next 24 days - tonight at PHX, Oct. 28 at DET, and Nov. 8 at DET. The fourth and final game between the teams in the regular season will be played March 5 at PHX.

  • Tonight's national anthem will be performed by Melora Hardin, a singer/actress best known for her role as Jan Levinson on the NBC sitcom "The Office."
Wojtek Wolski

• Dave Tippett

"We've got make sure that we play them hard and we play them clean."

• Wojtek Wolski

• Sami Lepisto


  Kris Draper
  John Franzen
  Brian Rafalski
  Ray Whitney
2010-2011 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Mar 05 '11 DET 4 at PHX 5 - SO R. Vrbata
Nov 08 '10 PHX 2 at DET 3 - OT H. Zetterberg
Oct 28 '10 PHX 4 at DET 2 L. Korpikoski
Oct 16 '10 DET 2 at PHX 1 - OT N. Kronwall
T. Bertuzzi5156+3200
P. Datsyuk5314+0510
J. Franzen4314+3201
V. Filppula5224+2211
N. Lidstrom5044+1000
H. Zetterberg5044+1400
N. Kronwall5202-1221
P. Eaves5112+1200
D. Cleary5112-1200
B. Stuart5022+1900
J. Hudler5022-2200
B. Rafalski2022+5200
M. Modano5101-2000
D. Helm5011+0000
R. Salei5000-1800
D. Miller5000-1000
T. Holmstrom5000-21400
J. Kindl4000-3400
D. Janik3000+0500
J. Ericsson1000+0000
J. Howard32-0-15851.59.941
C. Osgood21-1-06433.03.860
R. Vrbata3202+2200
K. Yandle3022+1400
E. Jovanovski3022+0800
M. Hanzal3101+2200
S. Upshall3101+1001
E. Belanger3101-1210
T. Pyatt3101-1400
A. Aucoin3011+1200
V. Fiddler3011+0700
L. Stempniak3011+0000
W. Wolski3011+0000
R. Whitney2011+0000
D. Schlemko3000+1000
P. Prucha3000+0400
L. Korpikoski3000-1000
O. Ekman-Larsson3000-1400
S. Doan3000-2400
S. Lepisto2000-1000
K. Turris1000+0000
D. Morris1000-1000
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