Morning Skate: Arizona Coyotes vs Detroit Red Wings

8:00p ET, Gila River Arena

Glendale, AZ

TV: Fox Sports Detroit

Radio: 97.1 The Ticket

Coyotes Blog: Five For Howling

Onto the next one..

Detroit is riding a two-game winning streak currently, and is one of the hottest teams in the NHL over the past 10 games with a record of 8-2-0.

Tonight, The Wings face a showdown in the desert with the Arizona Coyotes. The Yotes have been struggling as of late, and are on the verge of a fire sale to bolster themselves for an impending rebuild. How's about this.. Keith Yandle or OEL can just "accidentally" hop on Red Bird III, and "forget" how to get back to Glendale. Sound good? Thought so.

Anyways, I won't take this team for granted. Even though they're going through a tough time, and I have heard of maybe five of the players on their roster, they still hoist a top 10 power play unit. Detroit has had some woes on the PK as of late, so that could be our Achilles' Heel, if Arizona's goaltending decides it's going to have a ridiculous game.

The Expected Lineups


Gustav Nyquist Henrik Zetterberg Justin Abdelkader
Darren Helm Pavel Datsyuk Tomas Tatar
Stephen Weiss Riley Sheahan Luke Glendening
Drew Miller Joakim Andersson Tomas Jurco


Niklas Kronwall Jonathan Ericsson
Danny DeKeyser Kyle Quincey
Alexey Marchenko Brendan Smith


Petr Mrazek (starting)
Jonas Gustavsson

Scratches: Daniel Cleary, Jakub Kindl, Xavier Ouellet

Injuries: Johan Franzen (headaches), Jimmy Howard (groin)


Tobias Reider Antoine Vermette Shane Doan
Martin Erat Alexandre Bolduc Sam Gagner
Lauri Korpikoski Kyle Chipchura David Moss
Lucas Lessio Brendan Shinnimin B.J. Crombeen


Oliver Ekman-Larsson Zbynek Michalek
Keith Yandle Michael Stone
Andrew Campbell Connor Murphy


Mike Smith (starting)
Louis Domingue

19-26-7 (45 pts; 6th in Pacific) Record 30-12-9 (69 pts; 2nd in Atlantic)
2.27 (26th in NHL) Goals Per Game 2.94 (7th in NHL)
3.23 (27th) Goals Against Per Game 2.39 (6th)
22.9% (6th) Power Play % 25.8% (1st)
77.4% (27thth) Penalty Kill % 83.0% (11th)
Oliver Ekman-Larsson (15 goals) Goal Leader Tomas Tatar (22 goals)
Keith Yandle (37 points) Points Leader Henrik Zetterberg (47 points)

  • The Red Wings are 47-27-9 (W-L-OT) all-time in the regular season against the Coyotes

  • Last 10 Games: Arizona 3-4-3, Detroit 8-2-0/

  • Pavel Datsyuk has 58 points (15 goals, 43 assists) in 43 career games against the Coyotes/