DETROIT (Ticker) -- Unaccustomed to losing this season, the
Detroit Red Wings look to rebound from their second defeat of
the year when they face the Phoenix Coyotes on Saturday.
After tying a franchise record by winning nine consecutive
games, Detroit lost for the first time since October 10 with
Thursday's 4-3 defeat in overtime to the Edmonton Oilers.
Tomas Holmstrom scored twice and Pavel Datsyuk added a pair of
assists for the Red Wings, who have the most victories in the
NHL (12) and are tied with Ottawa for the league lead in goals
Despite the loss, Detroit became the fifth team in history to
register 25 points in its first 14 games and holds a seven-point
edge over Nashville in the Central Division.
Coach Wayne Gretzky has the Coyotes playing better after the
team opened the campaign with just 12 goals in losing five of
their first six games.
After an especially rugged practice Tuesday, defenseman Paul
Mara scored a goal and added two assists to give Phoenix its
third win in five games, a 4-0 triumph over Los Angeles on
Curtis Joseph posted his second shutout of the season and 45th
of his career by stopping 21 shots against Los Angeles.
However, he is just 11-17-7 lifetime against Detroit, where he
played from 2002-2004.
Although they have lost six of eight on the road, the Coyotes
will try to avenge a 2-0 loss to the Red Wings in their last
meeting October 15. Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg scored for
Detroit and Manny Legace made 23 saves.