GLENDALE, AZ - APRIL 14: Todd Bertuzzi #44 of the Detroit Red Wings walks out onto the ice for warm ups to the Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals against the Phoenix Coyotes during the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Jobing.com Arena on April 14, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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It's that time folks. Playoff hockey is here as the 5th seeded Red Wings head into Phoenix to play the opening game of the Western Conference quarterfinals. The Phoenix crowd plans to have a "white out" but hopefully there are a multitude of Wings fans in attendance to spoil the effect. But aside from the crowd, it comes down to business on the ice more importantly. The Red Wings are one of the hottest teams in the NHL at the moment and are capable of making a deep run in the playoffs. In their way? The surprise success story that is the Phoenix Coyotes. After finishing near the bottom of the league last year and going through the well documented summer ownership struggles, the Coyotes have put all that aside and emerged as the 4th seed in the West. With Ilya Bryzgalov in net and a solid defense led by Zbynek Michalek, the Coyotes play a tight game that the Red Wings will need to adjust to.
Phoenix goal: some dude scored on the power play, whatevs.