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Coyotes want to improve special-team play

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GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -The Phoenix Coyotes have been successful this season without an efficient power play.

They ranked 28th in the NHL in the regular season, but they still won 50 games.

Phoenix has gone a combined 0-for-9 with a man advantage over the past two playoff games with the Detroit Red Wings and still managed a split.

But as the Coyotes prepare for Game 5 on Friday with the teams tied at two games apiece, the feeling in their locker room is they must improve their special-teams play if they are to win this series.

That includes a penalty-kill unit that has allowed Detroit to score on 4-of-11 power plays after the Red Wings' 1-for-6 performance in Game 1.

Detroit, while not happy with the number of penalties it has taken, is pleased with how it has dominated in this area.

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