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Red Wings / Coyotes Game Thread: This One's for Cupcakes

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Phoenix Coyotes Team Detroit Red Wings
20-17-6 46 Points Record 26-14-1 53 Points
Mike Smith(16-11-5 2.38 GAA) Starting Goalie Jimmy Howard (24-10-1 2.05 GAA)
Five for Howling SB Nation Site - Last Meeting 12/08 5-2 W
7:30 PM EST Time - Television FSD, FS-A

It seems like just the last two years that we met this Coyotes team in the playoffs and ended their potential runs to recognition and stability. Shane Doan will never forgive us for that and we will never forgive him for unleashing Doanface on the masses.

The "rivalry" between these clubs is not anything resembling one. Their fans hate our team because there are more of us than there are of them. They might scream and shout about how there are annoying Wings fans out there who have never known what it's like to follow the team when it was struggling, as though it gives them any more purchase that we've been following a winning team for longer than they've even had one.

In Arizona, there honestly lies a group of very dedicated, very likeable, very knowledgeable, and all-around good hockey fans. 95% of them root for the Red Wings.

The 'Yotes are always a pain in the ass to play against; having a hell of a coach and a heart-and-soul captain will do that for any team.

Comment away and let's go Red Wings.