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Monday, December 14th (All times eastern)

Phoenix Coyotes (19-11-2) at Detroit Red Wings (16-11-5), 7:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - Riding a seven-game point streak, the Coyotes begin a four- game road trip tonight in a city where they haven't won in the last three seasons.

Phoenix will look to halt a six-game losing streak in Detroit Monday night when it battles the Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena.

The Coyotes haven't picked up a victory in Detroit since March 7, 2006, but their lack of success in the series hasn't been limited to just Motown. Phoenix's 3-2 overtime win over the Red Wings on October 22 was just its second in the last 13 meetings.

Ilya Bryzgalov made 25 saves in that OT win to improve to just 5-6-3 with a 2.75 goals-against average in his career versus Detroit. He has also been the biggest reason that Phoenix is 6-0-1 in its last seven games, as he has a 1.41 GAA in that span.

Making his 12th start in a row, Bryzgalov stopped 37-of-38 shots faced in Saturday's 2-1 win over San Jose that came one day after the league announced its plans to sell Phoenix to Toronto-based Ice Edge Holdings.

"He was excellent," Coyotes coach Dave Tippett said of his netminder. "In the third period there were a couple of great chances, but he managed to close the door. That's how he's played all year. He's cleaned up a lot of messes for us."

Radim Vrbata and Robert Lang scored less than two minutes apart in the second period for the Coyotes, who are five points back of co-leading Los Angeles and San Jose in the Pacific Division.

Phoenix, which has lost four of its last five on the road, will begin its road trip with Ed Jovanovski back in the mix. The defenseman served the second contest of his two-game suspension on Saturday for hitting Minnesota's Andrew Ebbett last Monday.

Detroit, meanwhile, will hope that a visit from Phoenix can keep it on track. Currently third in the Central Division, the Red Wings won for the third time in four games on Saturday with a 3-2 overtime triumph in Nashville.

Todd Bertuzzi scored twice for the second straight game, netting the overtime winner in both contests. After he secured the club's 3-2 win over Anaheim on Friday, Bertuzzi converted a backhander 24 seconds into OT.

Drew Miller finished the game with a goal and an assist and Chris Osgood had 33 saves in the win.

Detroit is 9-6-2 at home this year but has lost six of its last eight at Joe Louis Arena.

12/14 11:02:01 ET


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