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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 of assists.

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 stand tonight.

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 Joe.

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