Coyotes head to Hockeytown

STATS Writer

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 stops.

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

Pavel Datsyuk and Nicklas Lidstrom are both looking to extend point streaks to nine after each Detroit veteran got an assist Saturday.

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 (flu).

“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 month.

Updated November 7, 2010