Phoenix Coyotes @ Detroit Red Wings - Game 9 Preview

GLENDALE AZ - OCTOBER 16: Radim Vrbata #17 of the Phoenix Coyotes skates with the puck past Henrik Zetterberg #40 of the Detroit Red Wings during the NHL game at Jobing.com Arena on October16 2010 in Glendale Arizona. The Red Wings defeated the Coyotes 2-1 in overtime. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

The Phoenix Coyotes continue their eastern road trip tonight as they visit everyone's (least) favorite team the Detroit Red Wings. The Coyotes are still struggling to find any sense of rhythm, identity and other clichéd nouns that basically mean they've played like garbage. Nothing seems to be going right for the team to begin the season, though all things considered it could be worse. We could have no overtime points and instead we have three. A 2-3-3 record isn't what they or the fans envisioned after last season raised expectations, but a win tonight would at least keep them treading water instead of sinking. 

The Red Wings have started the season pretty well at 5-1-1 and pretty much being the Red Wings. Look forward to Tomas Holmstrom interfering with the goalie and not getting called for it etc. blah blah. Johan Franzen leads the team in goals with 5 and Henrik Zetterberg leads in total points 3-7-10. They're the Red Wings. Oh and if anyone tries to give you crap about the team tonight the splash screen when you go to the Red Wings home page offers tickets for 9 bucks. 

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Oliver Ekman-Larsson

#23 / Defenseman / Phoenix Coyotes

6-2

176

Jul 17, 1991


I hope the bad habits some of our other defensemen have been showing lately aren't getting absorbed by the young guy. He also been hitting posts left and right this season and it's about time to bury a goal.


Chris Osgood

#30 / Goalie / Detroit Red Wings

5-10

180

Nov 26, 1972


Jimmy Howard is out and Joey MacDonald is up from Grand Rapids. Good thing Osgood is a decent goalie. Well good for Detroit I guess.

Injuries


Phoenix Coyotes Injuries

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Martin Hanzal other-excused 10/18/2010


Detroit Red Wings Injuries

Probable

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Brad Stuart stomach 10/28/2010

Questionable

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Justin Abdelkader ribs 10/28/2010

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Brian Rafalski knee 10/12/2010
Kris Draper sports-hernia 10/08/2010

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