NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, February 17th
(All times eastern)
Detroit Red Wings (37-16-6) at Phoenix Coyotes (25-30-3), 9 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Detroit Red Wings continue their quest for another
Central Division title tonight in Arizona, where the club will wrap up a
three-game road trip with a showdown against the Phoenix Coyotes.
Winners of seven of their last nine games, the Red Wings have closed within a
single point of Nashville for first place in the Central. Detroit has captured
the division crown in each of the last five seasons.
The Predators, who also hold a slim edge on the Wings for the top seed in the
Western Conference, just made a bold move to counter Detroit's surge.
Nashville acquired former Hart Trophy winner Peter Forsberg from Philadelphia
in a three-player trade on Thursday.
The Red Wings started this road swing with a startling 6-1 loss to the Flyers
on Monday, but rebounded with a 3-1 victory over a strong Dallas club two
nights later. Henrik Zetterberg scored the tiebreaking goal with 4:36
remaining in the third period and assisted on Detroit's two other tallies.
Pavel Datsyuk had a goal and an assist and Mathieu Schneider also scored for
the Red Wings. Chris Osgood stopped 17-of-18 shots in his first action since
suffering a broken finger on January 26.
Detroit is expected to have No. 1 netminder Dominik Hasek back between the
pipes tonight. The veteran has missed the team's last four contests with
tendinitis in his right wrist.
Hasek's last start came against the Coyotes on February 7. He made 20 saves to
help the Red Wings to a 4-2 triumph.
That loss began a string of four consecutive defeats for Phoenix, which fell
in overtime at home to Anaheim its most recent time out. Teemu Selanne scored
on the power play 1:53 into the extra period to give the Ducks a 5-4 decision.
Recently-acquired Mathias Tjarnqvist had a goal for the Coyotes, while Owen
Nolan, Keith Ballard and Oleg Saprykin also lit the lamp in the loss. Curtis
Joseph finished with 35 saves on the night.
Phoenix played without top defenseman Ed Jovanovski due to an elbow injury,
and the All-Star blueliner will not play tonight as well.
Detroit is 3-0-0 against the Coyotes this season and handed Phoenix a 5-1
setback at Jobing.com Arena in January. The Red Wings have also emerged
victorious in each of their last three trips to Glendale.
02/17 10:54:49 ET