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Phoenix Coyotes at Detroit Red Wings - Game Three Preview - Detroit Snake City

Stop trying to take my wallet! I'm in the middle of a game here!
Stop trying to take my wallet! I'm in the middle of a game here!

The Coyotes roll into Detroit tonight in Game 3 of their Western Conference Quarterfinal series against the Red Wings today on National TV. After last game's unsuccessful run and gun performance the focus is certainly going to be on playing the same hard hitting defensive game the Coyotes tried to play in the first game of this series. The only upside to last game was really the fact that we did see that the Coyotes can put goals on the scoreboard, they just can't be doing it in a game that's a totally different tempo than what they usually play. People are trying to make something of the Joe Louis Arena being some place the Coyotes won't be able to play effectively. They did it once already this year, there's no reason to think that the Coyotes wouldn't be able to take a game again. 

It was a group effort in the loss on Friday and it'll need to be a group effort to get the win today. That's nothing new for this team though as one of the common themes throughout the year has been that of a pack mentality where everyone does everything together. That and bouncing back after tough losses. This is a team that doesn't ride anything too high or to low just like their coach Dave Tippett. After the game one win he said that there were things to work on. After the game two loss he said there were lots of things to work on. This is a group that doesn't stop working. Even when everything goes right there's something they work on. They reset everything after each game and take them one at a time. Now I just have to take a cue from them and focus on one at a time without worrying about the rest of the series. 

As for the Red Wings, they broke out of the defensive traps that Phoenix had setup and forced more than a few errors. They'll look for repeat performances from the big guns, though I'd doubt that Zetterberg or anyone else puts up a hattie again. They will however look to dictate the speed of the game early in their own building. That's simply something that cannot happen if the Coyotes want to come out with a win.

Starting Goalies

2009 - Ilya Bryzgalov 69 4084 42 20 156 2.29 1961 1805 .920 8

He wasn't on his sharpest last game, but he also didn't have a lot of support from his team. Turnovers in your own zone giving the other team breakaways by pretty much everyone to some skilled players doesn't much help. At least it should give the Wings some sort of false belief that Bryz is soft. 

2009 - Jimmy Howard 63 3740 37 15 141 2.26 1849 1708 .924 3

Anyone saying that Bryz looked weak also has to admit that Howard wasn't at his best either. Those rebounds that he had been holding in have suddenly returned and not been all that great for Detroit. The Yandle Goal, the Doan goal, and many chances have been because rebounds got sent into the slot rather than to the boards. If we continue crashing him we'll get our goals. 

Key Players

Keith Yandle

#3 / Defenseman / Phoenix Coyotes



Sep 09, 1986

Many broadcasters have called this series Keith Yandle's coming out party. He's already gotten 2 goals and has been solid defensively. He's really someone to keep an eye on in this game.

Niklas Kronwall

#55 / Defenseman / Detroit Red Wings



Jan 12, 1981

Let's hope his skating stays the same? He was falling all over the ice to begin the game on Friday. Maybe we cen get him to keep it up? Not likely, but I guy can hope right?

The Infirmary

Phoenix Coyotes Injuries


Player Injury Type Injury Date
Vernon Fiddler other-excused 04/17/2010

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Kurt Sauer head 10/07/2009
Scottie Upshall knee 01/29/2010

Detroit Red Wings Injuries

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Kirk Maltby shoulder 02/26/2010