Mar. 25, 2013; Glendale, AZ, USA; Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Rostislav Klesla (16) checks Detroit Red Wings left wing Drew Miller (20) as fans watch during the second period at Arena. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Preview: Red Wings Head Back To The Desert

The Detroit Red Wings face-off against the Phoenix Coyotes tonight at 10:00 p.m. EDT.

The Red Wings are coming out of the trade deadline after making no moves to better the team. Babcock has been quouted saying that he likes the team as is and has every confidence in them to produce on the ice. In their win against the Colorado Avalanche on Monday they did just that.

The Coyotes on the other hand sold off Raffi Torres, Steve Sullivan, and Matthew Lombardi for a 7th in 2014, a 5th in 2013, and Brandon McMillan. Phoenix is 2-6-2 in their past 10 games, which includes a 3-2 loss to the Red Wings.

Projected Line-up


Johan Franzen – Pavel Datsyuk – Justin Abdelkader

Valtteri Filppula – Henrik Zetterberg – Drew Miller

Daniel Cleary – Joakim Andersson  Damien Brunner

Gustav Nyquist – Cory Emmerton – Jordin Tootoo


Niklas Kronwall – Jonathan Ericsson

Brendan Smith  Carlo Colaiacovo

Jakub Kindl  Ian White


Jimmy Howard

There is only 12 games left in the season.

Damien Brunner broke out of his scoring slump against the Avs, thanks to an awesome feed from Gustav Nyquist.

The Red Wings defense has become more crowded now that Brian Lashoff has rejoined the team, which puts the Wings at 9 defensemen.

Danny DeKesyer will have his shot to play either tonight or tomorrow.

Todd Bertuzzi is hoping to be back next week which would be a big boost the the Red Wings if he is healthy.

Prediction: The Wings need to play well tonight for fans to forget about Holland not making any trades at the deadline and they will against the slumping Coyotes. Wings victory 3-1.

UPDATE: According to the Detroit Red Wings depth chart Brian Lashoff is in for Ian White and Patrick Eaves is in for Damien Brunner.

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