NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Saturday, January 2nd (All times eastern)
Detroit Red Wings (20-14-6) at Phoenix Coyotes (25-13-4), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - Even though their franchise-record home winning streak came to an end last time out, the Phoenix Coyotes will still try to wrap a three- game homestand on a positive note with tonight's matchup against the Detroit Red Wings at Jobing.com Arena.
The Coyotes had won a club-record 10 games in a row at home before Thursday's 3-2 shootout setback to the Sharks. The shootout went six rounds, but all six Phoenix skaters failed to score before Ryane Clowe beat Ilya Bryzgalov on the backhand to hand Phoenix its first home loss since November 16.
Bryzgalov made 31 saves and both Scottie Upshall and Taylor Pyatt had goals for the Coyotes, who have dropped two of their last three games -- all decided in a shootout. Both losses came against the first-place Sharks, who lead the second-place Coyotes by five points in the Pacific Division.
"We didn't play well enough by any means," Shane Doan told Phoenix's Web site. "In the first period we had a jump, but after that they kind of got their legs and got going. We had some chances but we didn't play well."
Upshall's goal was his 14th of the season, matching his previous career high set over 61 games with Philadelphia in 2007-08.
Phoenix went 10-2-3 in December and brings a 16-5-1 home mark into this contest.
The Red Wings hope they have found their offense following Thursday's 4-2 victory over the Avalanche. It marked the first time in 14 games that Detroit scored more than three goals in a single contest and the club had been shut out in three of its previous four games.
Pavel Datsyuk and Ville Leino both scored and Darren Helm donated a pair of short-handed goals, the second coming on an empty net with 23 seconds go to. Helm hadn't scored a goal since November 30, a span of 11 games between tallies.
"I've been struggling quite a bit putting the puck in the net," Helm said. "It was nice to see the puck go in the net today."
Jimmy Howard earned the win with a 20-save performance.
Detroit, 10th in the Western Conference, begins a five-game road trip tonight and is 7-7-4 on the road. The Red Wings have dropped three straight as the guest.
The Red Wings had been 7-0 with a tie in their previous eight trips to Phoenix before suffering consecutive losses there. Detroit's 3-2 home win on December 14 over the Coyotes was their third in four meetings and 12th in the last 14 contests in the series.
01/02 10:57:51 ET