Final OT

Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series tied 2-2

Game 1: Saturday, October 16th
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Game 2: Thursday, October 28th
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Game 3: Monday, November 8th
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Game 4: Saturday, March 5th
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Red Wings 2

(3-1-1, 7 pts)

Coyotes 1

(1-1-1, 3 pts)

9:00 PM ET, October 16, 2010

Gila River Arena, Glendale, Arizona

1 2 3 OT T
DET 0 1 0 12
ARI 1 0 0 01

J. Howard (Red Wings - G): Saves: 25, Save Pct.: .962

I. Bryzgalov (Coyotes - G): Saves: 31, Save Pct.: .939

N. Kronwall (Red Wings - D): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

Red Wings-Coyotes Preview


The Phoenix Coyotes have had nearly a week off to get over any jet lag their season-opening trip to Prague may have caused.

They've had almost six months to stew over their performance from their last meaningful game in Phoenix.

The Detroit Red Wings dominated Game 7 of their Western Conference quarterfinal series at Phoenix, an untimely exit for which the Coyotes can get a small measure of revenge in their home opener Saturday night.

The Coyotes (1-1-0) were perhaps the NHL's biggest surprise last season, vaulting from a 79-point finish in 2008-09 to a 107-point outburst and home-ice advantage in the opening round of the playoffs.

Having four games at home against the two-time defending conference champion Red Wings hardly proved to be a reward. Phoenix lost three of them, including a 6-1 rout in Game 7 as Detroit fired 50 shots at Ilya Bryzgalov.

"It was more like a hurricane than a storm," Phoenix coach Dave Tippett said. "Their top players came out and dictated the pace and we had no answers. They were relentless. They turned it up another level that we couldn't get to."

Coyotes captain Shane Doan -- who missed the series' final four games with a separated shoulder -- said the day after the Game 7 loss that the team's first postseason appearance in eight years "can't be an anomaly."

Phoenix certainly came out and played like a playoff-worthy team in its opener in the Czech Republic, getting two goals from Radim Vrbata in a 5-2 win over Boston last Saturday. It couldn't get anything past goaltender Tim Thomas the following day, though, leaving Prague after a 3-0 loss.

Now the Coyotes return to play their opener at home, where their 29 wins last season tied for third-most in the league.

"We're going to have a lot of fun with (the opener) and enjoy it," Doan told the Coyotes' official website. "We have to establish that this is a place that we play well at, (and) when teams come in here it's going to be a tough night."

Detroit (2-1-1) had a tough night Thursday after picking up five points in its first three games. Despite outshooting the Stars 26-15 in Mike Modano's return to Dallas, the Red Wings were repeatedly thwarted by goaltender Kari Lehtonen in a 4-1 loss.

"We did a lot of good things and gave up only 15 shots on the road, but I don't think we mounted enough of a sustained attack," coach Mike Babcock said.

More concerning was the potential loss of Johan Franzen. The Swedish winger, who had a goal and six assists in the playoff series against Phoenix, left in the first period after a high hit by Dallas defenseman Mark Fistric.

Franzen said after the game he suffered a concussion, but Babcock preferred not to speculate.

"I wouldn't use that word," Babcock said. "We'll let the doctors diagnose it and not him."

Even if Franzen, who leads the team with three goals, has to sit Saturday, the Red Wings should be in good shape. Pavel Datsyuk had five goals and three assists in the playoffs versus Phoenix, while Henrik Zetterberg -- who has yet to score in four games -- had six goals and five assists.

The Coyotes had their five-game winning streak in home openers snapped with a 2-0 loss to Columbus last season.