GLENDALE, Arizona (Ticker) -- With just one victory in five
games, the Phoenix Coyotes probably wish Wayne Gretzky could
still suit up and play.
Gretzky looks for his second coaching victory Saturday when the
Coyotes host the explosive Detroit Red Wings.
All five Phoenix contests have been decided by one goal,
including Thursday's 5-4 shootout loss against the Nashville
Predators. Paul Mara and Ladislav Nagy each had a goal and an
assist for the Coyotes.
Goaltender Curtis Joseph is expected to be back in net for
Phoenix after missing two games with a groin injury. He is 1-1
with a 2.02 goals-against average this season.
Detroit has won four of five games and is second in the league
with 22 goals, trailing only Toronto by two.
The game marked the season debut of longtime captain Steve
Yzerman, who was held scoreless after missing the first four
games with a groin injury.
Looking for its third straight road victory this season, Detroit
will attempt to turn around its struggles against Phoenix. In
2003-04, the Red Wings managed just one win in four meetings
against the Coyotes.