Red Wings shoot for 5-1 West Coast trip
A subpar special teams performance sent the Detroit Red Wings to their first loss on their longest road trip of the season.
To finish that trek on a successful note, the Red Wings will have to end the Arizona Coyotes' season-best win streak Thursday night (8:30 pregame, 9 faceoff on FOX Sports Detroit PLUS).
Detroit (22-14-7) gave up a pair of power-play goals and went 0 for 2 on the man advantage Monday in a 4-2 defeat to Los Angeles, dropping to 4-1-0 on its six-game trip. The Red Wings got their previous three wins while scoring a combined five goals.
"We got to make sure we get more pucks to the net. We got to simplify a little bit," coach Jeff Blashill said. "It's hard to score in the league. We're not scoring enough goals overall so we got to make sure we're getting more pucks to the net."
The Red Wings gave up two goals in the previous three games on their season-high win streak and killed off all seven penalties.
The Coyotes (22-16-4) have gone 6 for 11 on the man advantage over their four consecutive victories and were 3 for 4 in a 4-3 overtime victory against Edmonton on Tuesday. Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored the winning goal on a power play, and Max Domi had the other two in the third period to complete his first career hat trick.
"We're a confident group right now. We're playing really well," forward Anthony Duclair said. "When we play as a team, we can beat anybody in this league. I think it's just a matter of believing in ourselves. We've got some great leadership in this locker room that's been doing a great job so far. We're just going to continue on like that."
Arizona, 10-2-2 in its last 14 home games, will seek to avenge a 5-1 drubbing to the Red Wings on Dec. 3 while earning a fourth consecutive win on its own ice.
Justin Abdelkader scored the first of Detroit's three goals in the opening period of that victory, and the Red Wings outshot the Coyotes 44-27. Detroit is 2-0-1 in its last three in the series and won 3-1 in its latest trip to Arizona on Feb. 7 after losing in three of the previous four visits.
Petr Mrazek was in net for that victory - his only appearance against the Coyotes - and is expected to start this game. He has a 1.25 goals-against average in four consecutive wins.
The Coyotes will likely counter with rookie Louis Domingue, who has a 1.47 GAA in four consecutive victories. Domingue, called up from the minors Dec. 11, has never faced Detroit.
"At the end of the day, I knew I could play here," Domingue told the team's official website. "I took a big step in my game, my confidence level. I practiced better and I'm trying to elevate that every day."
Red Wings defenseman Alexey Marchenko is expected to be a healthy scratch after scoring his first goal of the season in Los Angeles, and forward Drew Miller is expected to remain out for an extended period because of a torn left meniscus.
Detroit's penalty kill has operated at 84.6 percent in its 28 games with Miller and 68.8 percent without him.