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Coyotes go for back-to-back wins vs. Flyers

by Adam Kimelman /

PHILADELPHIA -- The team Phoenix Coyotes coach Dave Tippett saw Thursday against the Detroit Red Wings is the one he hopes he brought with him to Wells Fargo Center for a game Friday against the Philadelphia Flyers.

The Coyotes got a pair of third-period goals to beat the Red Wings 4-2 at Joe Louis Arena and snap a two-game losing streak.

"We played more of our game, where we were hard in a lot of areas of the ice," Tippett told "Our defending was better, we had a much harder presence around the offensive net. The first game of the year [a 4-1 defeat of the New York Rangers] was really strong. The second game [a 4-1 loss to the San Jose Sharks], really poor. The Islanders game I don't think was a 6-1 game, we were better than that. The game [Thursday], we worked hard and we capitalized on some chances and we were able to play the way we wanted to play."

Tippett said he wasn't sure if there would be any lineup changes from Thursday as the team was dealing with "some bumps and bruises," and there would be a few extra skaters in warmups. That list includes forward Brandon Yip, who was recalled from the club's American Hockey League team, the Portland Pirates, and arrived in Philadelphia in time to be a candidate to make his debut with the team.

The only set piece for Friday is that Thomas Greiss will make his first start in goal for the Coyotes. Mike Smith started the first four games.

"We expect Thomas to play in some hard situations like this," Tippett said. "That's the role of a No. 2 goaltender. He has to go in and find ways to win games like this. We expect an excellent game from him."

Greiss, who signed with the Coyotes during the summer after playing with the Sharks, played the final period of the loss against the Islanders, stopping seven of eight shots. Tippett said he's eager to see what Greiss can do from start to finish in a game.

"He's a real competitive guy who works hard in practice," Tippett said. "That position is an interesting position. He's got to earn the respect of the players. Show them in practice that he is a quality player. And when he gets the chance to go out there and prove it, the players have to have that confidence in him. I think he's earned that confidence."

Greiss has faced the Flyers once in his career, Oct. 25, 2009, when he stopped 37 of 38 shots in a 4-1 Sharks win in Philadelphia.

Tippett called that "inconsequential," but did agree that it made for a nice fringe benefit.

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