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Desperate Coyotes Seek Slump Breaking Win Against Wings

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You know who could use a win tonight? The Phoenix Coyotes that's who. Having dropped the last 5 (well, 4.5) they're not looking so hot in the playoff race. Just a little more than a week ago we were counting points to see if the Coyotes could catch the Sharks. Now they're hoping to just stay in the playoff race. The Red Wings inability to give the Coyotes much help on this trip is a pain too. After destroying the Kings 7-4 they dropped games to the Ducks and the Sharks in the next two. Come on! I thought we had an understanding here guys...

In any event the Coyotes have got to find a way to score some goals and early. The team didn't look terrible in either of the last two losses, but they also couldn't find the back of the net. Well, I suppose they eventually did against Dallas, but not until the last 5 minutes. As Dave Tippett would put it they need to stop "chasing the game." Plenty of guys have gone silent. Lee Stempniak is probably the leading candidate there, but it's been a team effort to suck. Especially when Ilya Bryzgalov has a shutout going late into the game you've gotta help the guy out. The penalties haven't helped as the kill unit has been weak. Each of the losses have come on power play goals. THe last two have been game winners in fact. The penalty numbers need to go down, but even more so when they do get the calls the PK needs to step up.

Starting Goalies


GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2010 - Ilya Bryzgalov 53 3141 27 17 135 2.58 1640 1505 .918 5


GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2010 - Jimmy Howard 49 2809 31 12 131 2.80 1421 1290 .908 2

Key Players


Lee Stempniak

#22 / Right Wing / Phoenix Coyotes

6-0

195

Feb 04, 1983


HEY! YEAH YOU! HOW ABOUT YOU SCORE A GOAL FOR US TONIGHT? (His last goal was on Jan 22.)


Brian Rafalski

#28 / Defenseman / Detroit Red Wings

5-10

194

Sep 28, 1973


With 33 assists he's moving the puck to his forwards well. Playing behind Lidstrom doesn't get him much publicity, but he's not bad.

Injuries


Phoenix Coyotes Injuries

Questionable

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Martin Hanzal other-excused 03/05/2011

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Ed Jovanovski other-excused 02/18/2011


Detroit Red Wings Injuries

Questionable

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Brian Rafalski back 03/05/2011

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Chris Osgood sports-hernia 01/10/2011