Sitting right behind St. Louis (9-1-2) in the Central Division, the Red Wings (8-3-1) return home from their Western Canada road trip, in which they picked up four points in three games, tonight.
Pretty successful road trip to say the least.
The Wings now turn their focus to a six game home stand beginning with the Phoenix Coyotes. The Coyotes enter tonight’s game boasting a mediocre 4-5-4 record and team play that has matched that mark all season long.
The Red Wings previously defeated the Coyotes 2-1 in overtime on October 16th thanks to a game winning goal from defenseman Niklas Kronwall. They then followed the win up with a 4-2 loss to Phoenix on October 28th.
The Coyote’s have only converted on 13% of their power play opportunities thus far this season, good for 21st in the league. The Red Wings, however, have been killing off penalties at an 86.3% clip. Such a stat does not bode well for the struggling Coyotes.
Detroit’s Niklas Kronwall is coming off of a two-goal game in a 6-4 loss to Vancouver Saturday night. Be on the lookout for more aggressive offensive play from both Kronwall and team captain Nicklas Lidstrom (second in the league with 13 assists this season) along the blue line tonight.
Puck drops at 7:30 and will be televised on Versus TV network.
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