NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Friday, January 16th
(All times eastern)
Phoenix Coyotes (16-14-12-2) at Detroit Red Wings (27-13-4-2), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Phoenix Coyotes try to get back on the winning track
tonight when they enter Joe Louis Arena to battle the Detroit Red Wings.
The Coyotes are 0-2-1 since a five-game winning streak that was sparked by
goaltender Brian Boucher's record-breaking run. Boucher set an NHL record by
posting five straight shutouts during the stretch.
Phoenix dropped a 4-3 decision in Nashville on Thursday evening. Scott
Hartnell's power-play goal with 47 seconds remaining in the third period
lifted the Predators.
Brian Savage registered two goals for the Coyotes, while Daymond Langkow also
scored in the losing effort.
Sean Burke started in goal in place of Boucher, who received a much deserved
rest. Burke allowed four goals on 32 shots.
With the game tied at 3-3 late in regulation, Phoenix forward Jan Hrdina took
a costly boarding penalty at 18:27. On the ensuing power play, the Predators
worked the puck around the perimeter before Hartnell tipped home a one-timer
by Kimmo Timonen in the low slot and Nashville went on to the victory.
The Coyotes, who are in a three-way tie for second place in the Pacific
Division, are unbeaten in their last nine games (5-0-4) as the visitor.
Detroit, which leads the NHL with 60 points, is coming off a 4-2 victory
against the Blackhawks on Wednesday. Jason Woolley and Ray Whitney scored
first-period goals to propel the Red Wings.
Niklas Kronvall added his first NHL goal and Nicklas Lidstrom also lit the
lamp for the Red Wings, who had suffered losses to Boston in each of their
last two games and won for the fifth time in seven outings (5-1-0-1).
Manny Legace made 22 saves in the victory and Henrik Zetterberg notched a pair
Woolley has three goals and one assist in his last four games.
Detroit right wing Brett Hull has gone 17 games without a goal, marking the
longest drought in the future Hall-of-Famer's career.
The Red Wings, 12-1-1 in their last 14 at home, complete a brief two-game
Detroit has done well in this series recently, winning two straight and losing
just once in the last 13 matchups (8-1-4). The Coyotes have also struggled in
Motown, picking up just one victory in their last six trips (1-3-2) to the
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