On Friday, the Phoenix Coyotes traveled to Detroit as they prepare to take on the Western Conference leading Red Wings on Saturday night.
While the Coyotes are coming off an impressive 4-0 shutout over the Pacific Division leading Los Angeles Kings, they are making sure that
"It's a fine line you walk as a team," said Coyotes Head Coach Wayne Gretzky. "Our guys played a great game on Thursday and beat a very good Kings team and they deserve to enjoy that win. On the other hand, we know that as a team, we don't have the option of being satisfied with one game and we need to go back to work Saturday in Detroit."
Phoenix also changed their routine on Friday as the club flew into Detroit early and practiced at Joe Louis Arena in the late afternoon as opposed to holding practice at Glendale Arena before flying to Michigan.
"By flying out to Detroit this morning, it gave our guys a little extra rest," said Gretzky. "Plus, we have had some success this season when we practice in the afternoon. Our practices are usually a good indicator of our effort in the next game. If that holds true to Saturday's game, we should be in very good shape."
Forward Steve Gainey took part in his first practice as a member of the Coyotes on Friday in Detroit. It is still undecided whether Gainey be in the Coyotes line up on Saturday. But regardless, Gainey is determined to prove his worth every time he steps on the ice.
"I am very excited to be up here," said Gainey. "It was a bit of a surprise for me, but I was just thrilled to get the call last night and be here today.
Gainey currently leads the San Antonio Rampage with 12 points (6 goals, 6 assists) in 12 games this season.
After leaving Thursday's contest against the Kings in the second period due to a bone bruise on his knee, Geoff Sanderson could possibly return to the Phoenix lineup as soon as Saturday.
"I am feeling a lot better and I would be surprised if I couldn't play on Saturday," said Sanderson.
Coyote forward Tyson Nash did not practice with the team on Friday, but is likely to play in Saturday's game.
"We just wanted to keep him of the ice today so he could get back to 100%," said Gretzky. "We expect him to be able to go on Saturday."
The Coyotes will return to the ice on Saturday evening when they take on the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena. The game can be seen on WB6 and heard on KDUS-1060AM or KDKB-93.3FM.