Coyotes-Red Wings Preview

An undisciplined third period ended the Detroit Red Wings’

winning streak. Opening a season-high six-game homestand could be

the ideal way for them to begin a new one.

The Red Wings try to rebound from their worst defensive

performance of the season when they host the Phoenix Coyotes on

Monday night.

Four third-period penalties Saturday night led to a defensive

collapse by Detroit (8-3-1), which gave up three goals in a row –

two on the power play – as its three-game winning streak ended with

a 6-4 loss in Vancouver.

“We set ourselves up well and basically limited them to very

little, and then we take penalties in the third and gifted a couple

of goals,” coach Mike Babcock said.

The Red Wings’ longest homestand of the season should provide a

perfect chance to rebound.

They’re 4-1-1 at home, although the regulation loss came against

the Coyotes (4-5-4), 4-2 on Oct. 28. Detroit did win 2-1 at Phoenix

on Oct. 16, and eliminated the Coyotes in seven games during the

opening round of last season’s playoffs.

Including postseason, the Wings have dropped four of five home

meetings with Phoenix after winning the previous seven.

Jimmy Howard will likely be in net for a fourth consecutive game

despite giving up a season-high in goals Saturday, ending a

personal five-game winning streak during which he posted a 1.77

goals-against average.

Howard compiled a 2.59 GAA while starting every game of the

playoff series versus Phoenix. He made 25 saves on Oct. 16, but

rested during the last matchup as backup Chris Osgood had 32


Osgood is 5-1-1 with a 2.82 GAA in his last seven games versus


Pavel Datsyuk and Nicklas Lidstrom are both looking to extend

point streaks to nine after each Detroit veteran got an assist


Datsyuk, who has four goals and seven assists during his run,

collected eight points in the playoff series with Phoenix. The

All-Star left wing has seven goals and 16 assists in 14

regular-season home games against the Coyotes.

Lidstrom has 11 points during his streak, including two in the

games against Phoenix.

The Coyotes have dropped six of eight (2-3-3) after losing 4-3

in a shootout to Pittsburgh on Saturday, while playing without

captain Shane Doan (lower-body injury) and defenseman Ed Jovanovski


“The adversity keeps piling onto us, and I like the way we

responded,” coach Dave Tippett said. “We had a couple of key plays

that we’d like to have back, but I thought we battled hard.”

Doan is expected to be sidelined again Monday after getting hurt

late in Friday’s 6-3 loss at Dallas, while Jovanovski’s status is

unclear. Jovanovski has a team-high nine points.

Another game without that duo could increase the burden on

goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov, who made 33 saves Saturday after getting

pulled early in the second period against the Stars for allowing

three goals on 18 shots.

Bryzgalov turned in a 43-save performance at Detroit last