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Saturday, December 1st (All times eastern)

Phoenix Coyotes (11-12-0) at Detroit Red Wings (17-6-2), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Detroit Red Wings will try to close out a three-game homestand with a perfect record tonight, when they welcome the Phoenix Coyotes to Joe Louis Arena.

The Red Wings have posted victories over Calgary and Tampa Bay to begin the homestand and are now 10-2-0 in the Motor City this season. Detroit has won three straight and seven of its last eight contests at the Joe.

Detroit's most recent triumph came Thursday night against the slumping Lightning. Jiri Hudler had a goal and an assist as the Red Wings posted a 4-2 victory and handed Tampa Bay its sixth consecutive loss.

Pavel Datsyuk, Tomas Kopecky and Daniel Cleary each scored a goal for the Red Wings, who have won four of their last six contests overall.

Chris Osgood made 21 saves to improve to 16-0 in his career against Tampa Bay.

Red Wings forward Tomas Holmstrom notched an assist to push his points streak to seven games. He has four goals and six assists during the tear.

Phoenix, meanwhile, lost its second straight game on Friday, as it was routed 6-1 by the Chicago Blackhawks. Peter Mueller scored the lone goal for the Coyotes, whose slide comes on the heels of a a four-game winning streak.

Ilya Bryzgalov started in net, but was pulled after allowing five goals on just seven shots. Mikael Tellqvist finished the game and gave up one goal on 19 shots.

Bryzgalov has now lost two straight starts after winning his first four with Phoenix after getting picked up off waivers on November 17.

Phoenix, which will close a four-game road trip in Pittsburgh on Monday, is 7-5-0 away from home this season.

The Red Wings have won five straight and six of the last seven meetings with the Coyotes. Phoenix has also been defeated in its previous two tests in the Motor City.

12/01 10:39:55 ET


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