Detroit starts its three game home stand tonight against the Phoenix Coyotes at 7:30 p.m. EDT.
Detroit has gone 1-1-3 in their past five games and while those three OT points they were able to acquire were huge, they have to start winning games. The Red Wings third line has stepped up huge and needs to continue producing, along with Zetterberg and Datsyuk if the Wings are to have any shot at the playoffs.
The Coyotes are all but out of the playoffs, but are looking to play spoiler against the Red Wings tonight. Mike Smith is back in between the pipes, which can spell danger for the Red Wings and the gritty Shane Doan will not let the Wings get away with an easy victory.
Todd Bertuzzi is close to coming back from his injury and could end up playing tonight.
Detroit is 1-1 against Phoenix this season and cannot afford to go 1-2 or 1-1-1, they need a win tonight.
Playoff Standings – Columbus won their game last night putting them 3 point up on the Red Wings, but the Wings have two games in hand. Then the Stars lost in overtime which ties them in points with the Red Wings, Detroit all has a game in hand against them.
Prediction: The Red Wings are at home and the crowd will be behind them. Detroit victory 3-1.