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Morning Skate: Coyotes at Red Wings Preview

Gregory Shamus

7:30p ET, Joe Louis Arena

Detroit, MI

TV: Fox Sports Detroit, NBCSN, TSN, RDS

Radio: 97.1 The Ticket

Coyotes Blog: Five For Howling

Detroit Red Wings Tickets

The following is a guest preview from friend and long time reader, Jen MacRostie (@jennyquarx). She had a few thoughts she felt like sharing.

It's the most wonderful time of the year! The playoffs are almost upon us! OH WAIT.

Four games left and the Wings need every point they can get. Like, all eight of them.

Last night, San Jose disappointed everyone AGAIN by not being able to beat Columbus, leaving Wings fans everywhere curled in the fetal position and your entire twitter feed filled with the #Lumbus hashtag. I thought that was cute and clever at first, and I'm now pretty sure it will haunt me until the end of days. They're three points ahead of the Wings. It hurts my soul to type that.

The possibility of missing the playoffs is becoming a tangible thing and I know that we're all trying to make ourselves feel better with "oh hey, maybe we can win the lottery," and "well, at least we won't get swept by the Blackhawks in the first round." Neither of those things will actually happen (they'd snag at least ONE from the Hawks), so let's focus on the present.

Tonight the Phoenix Coyotes come to the Joe, fresh off a skills competition win over the Blackhawks on Saturday. They probably feel pretty good about that. Let's not rehash what happened in Vancouver that same night. It's time to lay the smack down and remember what is at stake. Keep the streak alive.

The Expected Lineup

Johan Franzen - Pavel Datsyuk - Justin Abdelkader

Valtteri Filppula - Henrik Zetterberg - Daniel Cleary

Gustav Nyquist - Joakim Andersson - Damien Brunner

Patrick Eaves - Cory Emmerton - Jordin Tootoo


Niklas Kronwall - Jonathan Ericsson

Brendan Smith - Kyle Quincey

Danny DeKeyser - Jakub Kindl

Brian Lashoff - Carlo Colaiacovo


Jimmy Howard (starting)

Jonas Gustavsson

Scratches: Ian White and friends

Injuries: Drew Miller (hand), Mikael Samuelsson (upper body), Todd Bertuzzi (back) and Darren Helm (back)

19-17-8 (46 pts; 11th in West) Record 20-16-8 (48 pts; 9th in West)
2.50 (19th in NHL) Goals Per Game 2.43 (24th in NHL)
2.57 (14th) Goals Against Per Game 2.43 (9th)
14.4% (27th) Power Play % 17.3% (17th)
81.8% (12th) Penalty Kill % 80.5% (19th)
Shane Doan (13 goals) Goal Leader Pavel Datsyuk (13 goals)
Mikkel Boedker (25 points) Points Leader Pavel Datsyuk (41 points)

  • The Red Wings are 64-41-22-3 (W-L-T-OTL) all-time against the Phoenix Coyotes franchise.
  • Phoenix has lost 4 of it's lsat 6 games, but are coming off a shootout win over the Blackhawks.
  • The Wings are 3-0-0 on Mondays this season. That's got to be a good sign, right? RIGHT?! (Nope. See below)
  • Ansar Khan(!)'s Happy Stat of the Day:

The Red Wings are 0-3-1 this season in the first game back home after a trip to the West Coast or Western Canada. They have been outscored 13-4:

March 3: 2-1 shootout loss to Chicago with two-day break.

March 20: 4-2 loss to Minnesota with three-day break.

March 31: 7-1 loss to Chicago with two-day break.

April 7: 1-0 loss to St. Louis with one-day break.

  • The last time these two teams met was April 4. Phoenix won 4-2. Filppula and Cleary scored.
  • Detroit is 3-4-3 in their last 10 games. Phoenix is 5-2-3.
  • Howard is 7-1-2 with a 2.32 GAA and .927 SV% with in 10 career regular starts against the Coyotes.
Prediction: Detroit wins 2-0.

Let's Go Red Wings.