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Detroit Red Wings vs. Phoenix Coyotes

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By Dave Vest
GLENDALE -- The Coyotes will begin a challenging and critical three-game homestand tonight when they play the Detroit Red Wings at Arena. The puck drops at 6 p.m. (Arizona time).

Phoenix (33-23-10) will enter the game in seventh place in the Western Conference standings and looking to snap a five-game winless streak (0-4-1). Vancouver and Calgary will follow Detroit into Glendale next week.

► Click here to see the standings for both conferences.

Tonight's game will be the fourth and final game between the Coyotes and Red Wings this season. Phoenix has earned four of a possible six points in the season series (1-0-2). The teams last played Nov. 8 at Joe Louis Arena.

Ilya Bryzgalov is expected to start in goal for the Coyotes. Bryzgalov is 1-0-2 vs. Detroit this season with a 2.26 goals-against average and a .941 save percentage.

Phoenix’s last three losses have all been by one goal. Poor play on special teams has fueled the team’s slump, which started after an eight-game winning streak. The Coyotes have allowed 10 power-play goals in the past five games and are just 2 for 16 with a man-advantage in the same span.

The Coyotes are hoping center Martin Hanzal is healthy enough to return to the lineup after he missed Thursday’s game because of a lower-body injury. Hanzal didn’t practice Friday.

Winger Brett MacLean likely will be in the lineup after being recalled from the American Hockey League on Friday (see PODCASTS below). MacLean has scored 74 goals in the AHL over the past two-plus seasons, including 23 this season.

Detroit (39-19-7) will enter this game looking to close a five-game trip with a victory. The Red Wings are 2-1-1 thus far on their trek, but they lost to San Jose, 3-1, in their most recent game on Thursday.

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Playing road games has not been problematic for Detroit this season. Their 22 road wins lead the Western Conference and are tied for most in the NHL with Boston.

Detroit leads the NHL in goals scored with 215, and ranks fifth in power-play efficiency (21.4 percent) and fifth in faceoff percentage (51.6).

"They're always recognized for the high skill they have, but they're one of the hardest-working teams in the league,” Coyotes Head Coach Dave Tippett said (see PODCASTS below). “If you're not willing to work going into it, you're going to be behind, so that will be our focus."

Red Wings forward Johan Franzen hasn't scored a goal since Feb. 2 when he notched five in a game vs. Ottawa.

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Coyotes captain Shane Doan has produced at least one point in eight of his last 10 games. During that span, he has notched three goals and six assists.
Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk has scored three goals in his past four games. All three goals were scored on power plays.
Did You Know?
  • Coyotes Head Coach Dave Tippett ranks second in the NHL in victories (354) since the start of the 2002-03 season. Red Wings Head Coach Mike Babcock is first with 359 wins.

  • Keith Yandle leads all NHL defensemen, and the Coyotes, in scoring with 54 points (10 goals, 44 assists). Detroit's Nicklas Lidstrom, whom Yandle considers one of his idols, is second among defensemen with 52 points (13 goals, 39 assists).
  • This game can be seen on Fox Sports Arizona Plus. Click here for more information.  This game can be heard on XTRA Sports 910 (AM). A link to the radio broadcast will be provided at at 6 p.m.

Click below to listen to members of the Coyotes talk about tonight's game.

• Vernon Fiddler

• Brett MacLean

• Dave Tippett

  Chris Osgood
  Brian Rafalski
  Ed Jovanovski
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
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N. Lidstrom66134154-21871
P. Datsyuk47203252+111363
J. Franzen64272047+646105
D. Cleary52221638+61036
T. Bertuzzi66142337-44222
B. Rafalski5043337+141800
V. Filppula55131932+21635
J. Hudler6182432-12221
N. Kronwall66102030+53243
T. Holmstrom57141529-14680
D. Helm6691928+91202
P. Eaves5213619-21021
D. Miller577815-2401
B. Stuart5131215+53211
J. Ericsson5831114+97310
J. Abdelkader584913+95001
M. Modano252911-4600
K. Draper36639+11001
R. Salei64189+14200
J. Kindl34123+03000
J. Mursak18101-3400
T. Tatar9101+0000
C. Emmerton2101+1000
D. Janik7000-2700
J. Howard5031-12-513514572.82.907
C. Osgood115-3-2292982.77.903
J. MacDonald103-4-1212382.48.912
K. Yandle67104454+16630
R. Whitney62133750-11830
S. Doan57143246-25974
R. Vrbata64162238+21682
L. Korpikoski67141731+111402
L. Stempniak67141731+41720
S. Upshall61161127+54222
E. Belanger6791827+12612
T. Pyatt62161026+92526
M. Hanzal59161026+34875
K. Turris51111122-11001
A. Aucoin6031821+194600
V. Fiddler5761117+14002
W. Wolski3661016-61000
M. Rozsival5041216+33211
E. Jovanovski475914+33711
D. Morris634913-115411
S. Lepisto514711+73700
R. Klesla484711+112800
O. Ekman-Larsson4511011+32200
M. Boedker212810+8400
D. Schlemko31268+22000
A. Ebbett18112+0201
B. MacLean3112+0011
P. Bissonnette38101+45100
N. Yonkman16011+53900
P. Prucha11011+0400
G. Stafford2000+0000
C. Summers2000-3400
I. Bryzgalov5428-17-713916662.60.917
J. LaBarbera166-6-3474823.43.902
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