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Preview: Red Wings at Coyotes

Arizona goes for season-high fourth straight win; Detroit seeks to end five-game road losing streak

by Jerry Brown / NHL.com Correspondent

RED WINGS (26-31-11) at COYOTES (26-35-8)

10 p.m. ET; FS-A, FS-D, NHL.TV

 

Red Wings team scope

The Detroit Red Wings are looking to end a five-game road losing streak (0-4-1) and are 1-5-1 in their past seven games. The Red Wings' power play is 1-for-15 during that stretch and has failed on its only chance in a 3-1 loss against the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday. Detroit likely will miss the Stanley Cup Playoffs after qualifying for 25 consecutive seasons. "We still got games left, this is our job," captain Henrik Zetterberg said after the loss to Colorado. "We have to go out and perform and do our best every night and try to get better every day. We have [another] game so it's back to work." Goalie Petr Mrazek will be start after Jimmy Howard played Wednesday. Mrazek is 2-0-0 with a 1.47 goals-against average and .942 save percentage against Arizona. Mitch Callahan is expected to play on the fourth line, likely in place of Drew Miller. Detroit has scored one goal in each of its past two games. "I certainly saw some chances [against Colorado]," coach Jeff Blashill said. "I thought we passed up some shots and I thought we didn't hit the net when we had opportunities to. We still got to do a better job of having a 'shoot-first' mentality and we need more guys to score that aren't on Zetterberg's line. Other guys have to produce a little more."

 

Coyotes team scope

The Coyotes are seeking their first four-game winning streak of the season following one-goal wins against the New Jersey Devils (5-4 on Saturday), Colorado Avalanche (1-0 on Monday) and Los Angeles Kings (3-2 on Tuesday in an 11-round shootout). Goaltender Mike Smith will start after Louis Domingue made 44 saves against the Kings. A victory would give Smith 127 wins with the Coyotes, one behind Bob Essensa for second place and three behind Ilya Bryzgalov for first on the franchise's all-time list. Max Domi had two goals against the Kings. "He's really playing at that high level we're used to," coach Dave Tippett said. "He had a slow start and then he had the injury (broken hand), but now he's back to where he's around the puck and you notice him even if he's not scoring." Forward Teemu Pulkkinen, who scored in his only game with the Coyotes on March 2 against the Buffalo Sabres, will be in the lineup against the Red Wings, who selected him in the fourth round (No. 111) of the 2010 NHL Draft. "He's worked hard, he's fit in with the group well and he's excited to play against his old team," Tippett said.

 

Red Wings projected lineup

Tomas Tatar -- Henrik Zetterberg -- Gustav Nyquist

Anthony Mantha -- Frans Nielsen -- Darren Helm

Justin Abdelkader -- Dylan Larkin -- Andreas Athanasiou

Luke Glendening -- Riley Sheahan -- Mitch Callahan

Danny DeKeyser -- Nick Jensen

Niklas Kronwall -- Mike Green

Xavier Ouellet -- Robbie Russo

Petr Mrazek

Jimmy Howard

Scratched: Drew Miller, Brian Lashoff

Injured: Tyler Bertuzzi (ankle), Jonathan Ericsson (wrist), Ryan Sproul (knee)

 

Coyotes projected lineup

Max Domi -- Christian Dvorak -- Radim Vrbata

Brendan Perlini -- Jordan Martinook -- Tobias Rieder

Lawson Crouse -- Josh Jooris -- Shane Doan

Jamie McGinn -- Peter Holland -- Teemu Pulkkinen

Oliver Ekman-Larsson -- Luke Schenn

Alex Goligoski -- Connor Murphy

Jakob Chychrun -- Anthony DeAngelo

Mike Smith

Louis Domingue

Scratched: Anthony Duclair

Injured: Alexander Burmistrov (upper body), Kevin Connauton (upper body), Brad Richardson (broken leg)

 

Status report

The Red Wings recalled Lashoff from Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League on Thursday. He has played five games with Detroit this season (Dec. 4-13) and has played 122 games, all with the Red Wings, since 2012-13. ... Pulkkinen will replace Duclair (one point in six games) on the fourth line and play with McGinn and Holland. ... Connauton, who hasn't played since March 2, skated for the first time Thursday but is not close to returning.

 

Who's hot

Nyquist has six points (two goals, four assists) in the past five games. ... Zetterberg has 14 points (13 assists) in the past 11 games. ... Domi has three goals and seven assists in his past 12 games.

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