COYOTES (20-13-4) at RED WINGS (9-25-3)
7 p.m. ET; ESPN+, FS-D, FS-A, FS-A+ NHL.TV
Goalie Antti Raanta will start for the Arizona Coyotes against the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena on Sunday.
Raanta moves back into the starter's role until Darcy Kuemper returns. Kuemper, third in the NHL with a 2.17 goals-against average, sustained a lower-body injury in an 8-5 loss to the Minnesota Wild on Friday.
The Coyotes are 4-4-0 in their past eight games, alternating wins and losses. They are in a three-way tie for first place in the Pacific Division with the Edmonton Oilers and Vegas Golden Knights.
Goalie Jimmy Howard returns to the Red Wings lineup. He missed 10 games with a lower-body injury sustained in a 6-0 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Nov. 27. Detroit lost starting goalie Jonathan Bernier to a lower-body injury in a 4-1 loss to the Maple Leafs on Saturday. Forward Anthony Mantha (upper body) was placed on injured reserve.
Detroit has lost three straight and 15 of 17 (2-13-2).
Players to watch
Coyotes forward Taylor Hall has an assist in each of his first two games with the Coyotes. Hall was acquired in a trade with the New Jersey Devils for draft picks and prospects Monday.
Red Wings rookie forward Filip Zadina has seven points (two goals, five assists) in his past nine games.
They said it
"It's not like [Raanta] has been playing a lot and is overworked. I think there's some juice, some desire and we're going to let that juice go. We've got the break coming up, so I'm not worried about him going back to back." -- Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet on planning to start Antti Raanta in Arizona's two games before the holiday break
"It's a learning process for this group, and it's been hard. I liked the fact we came out with some emotion and passion and played hard. Now we have to make sure we come out on Sunday with some emotion and passion and play hard." -- Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill after Detroit' loss to Toronto on Saturday
Coyotes projected lineup
Taylor Hall -- Christian Dvorak -- Phil Kessel
Clayton Keller -- Carl Soderberg -- Nick Schmaltz
Lawson Crouse -- Derek Stepan -- Vinnie Hinostroza
Michael Grabner -- Brad Richardson -- Conor Garland
Jakob Chychrun -- Alex Goligoski
Oliver Ekman-Larsson - Ilya Lyubushkin
Jordan Gross -- Jordan Oesterle
Scratched: Aaron Ness, Christian Fischer
Injured: Niklas Hjalmarsson (leg), Jason Demers (lower body), Darcy Kuemper (lower body)
Red Wings projected lineup
Tyler Bertuzzi -- Dylan Larkin -- Filip Zadina
Robby Fabbri -- Valtteri Filppula -- Andreas Athanasiou
Darren Helm -- Luke Glendening -- Adam Erne
Christoffer Ehn -- Frans Nielsen -- Brendan Perlini
Patrik Nemeth -- Mike Green
Trevor Daley -- Filip Hronek
Brian Lashoff -- Madison Bowey
Scratched: Alex Biega, Justin Abdelkader
Injured: Danny DeKeyser (back), Jonathan Bernier (lower body), Anthony Mantha (upper body), Jonathan Ericsson (face)
Gross will be making his NHL debut for Arizona. … Tocchet said Demers is skating with the team and could play later this week.
Howard was 0-6-1 with a .854 save percentage in his last seven starts before his injury.