Coyotes, Red Wings series opens Wednesday

Posted: April 11

The Phoenix Coyotes will face the Detroit Red Wings in the first round of the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs, with the best-of-seven series getting underway Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Arena. The game will be televised locally on 3 TV.

Game 2 will be Friday, also at 7 p.m., at Arena and will be one of four games in the series to be televised on FOX Sports Arizona.  The complete schedule is as follows (all Arizona times):

TV schedule

Game 1: Wednesday, April 14, 7 p.m., Arena, 3 TV (KTVK).

Game 2: Friday, April 16, 7 p.m., Arena, FOX Sports Arizona. (Pre-game show at 6:30 p.m.)

Game 3: Sunday, April 18, noon, Joe Louis Arena, NBC.

Game 4: Tuesday, April 20, 3:30 p.m., Joe Louis Arena, 3:30 p.m., FOX Sports Arizona.

Game 5*: Friday, April 23, 7 p.m., Arena, FOX Sports Arizona. (Pre-game show at 6:30 p.m.)

Game 6*: Sunday, April 25, 11 a.m., Joe Louis Arena, NBC.

Game 7*: Tuesday, April 27, TBD, Arena, FOX Sports Arizona.

* — if necessary.

If the series goes a full seven games, FOX Sports Arizona will televise Games 2, 4, 5 and 7. NBC has exclusive television rights for Games 3 and 6. Versus will carry Game 1.

The Red Wings locked up the No. 5 seed on the final day of the regular season, defeating the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 on Sunday in overtime in Chicago. Brad Stuart scored the game-winner at 3:11 of overtime to help Detroit improve to 13-1-2 in its final 16 games and 16-3-2 since the Olympic break. Had Detroit lost, Los Angeles would have been the No. 5 seed.

The two teams split four regular season matchups, with the Coyotes getting both of their  wins in overtime: 3-2 on Oct. 22 in Phoenix and 5-4 on Jan. 26 in Detroit. The Red Wings notched both of their wins in regulation: 3-2 on Dec. 14 in Detroit and 4-1 on Jan. 2 in Phoenix.

Keith Yandle and Matthew Lombardi had two goals apiece against Detroit during the season, and Shane Doan registered a goal and four assists. For Detroit, Pavel Datsyuk had two goals and four assists against the Coyotes.

Note: If there is a conflict between Coyotes playoff hockey and a previously scheduled Diamondbacks telecast on FOX Sports Arizona, the Diamondbacks games will move to an alternate channel.