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Arizona aims for sixth win in row; Detroit on 0-4-2 skid

by Alan Robinson / NHL.com Correspondent

RED WINGS (23-32-9) at COYOTES (31-28-5)

8 p.m. ET; FS-A PLUS, FS-D+, NHL.TV

 

The Game

The Arizona Coyotes will try to extend their winning streak to six games when they play the Detroit Red Wings at Gila River Arena on Saturday.

The Coyotes haven't won six in a row since Feb. 16-28, 2012, the most recent season they reached the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Arizona is one point behind the Minnesota Wild for the second wild card into the playoffs from the Western Conference.

The Red Wings have lost six straight (0-4-2) and are coming off an 8-1 loss to the Montreal Canadiens at Little Caesars Arena on Tuesday.

 

Players to watch

Red Wings forward Dylan Larkin has six points (two goals, four assists) in his past four games.

Coyotes goalie Darcy Kuemper is 6-0-0 with a 1.61 goals-against average and .948 save percentage in his past six starts. He's won eight of nine and is 14-3-2 since Jan. 6.

 

They said it

"We're excited to get back to game action after a couple of hard practices. After a game like that, you want to get back on the ice as soon as you can and prove yourself. We're excited to get out against a good Arizona team." -- Red Wings forward Dylan Larkin on playing for the first time since the loss to Montreal

"It's so much easier to come to the rink when you're winning. Hopefully we can keep it going. It's so tight in the standings right now, every point and every game matters. We've been working hard to get back in it and get in the playoffs." -- Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson

 

Red Wings projected lineup

Tyler Bertuzzi -- Dylan Larkin -- Darren Helm

Justin Abdelkader -- Andreas Athanasiou -- Filip Zadina

Luke Glendening -- Frans Nielsen - Michael Rasmussen

Luke Witkowski -- Jacob de la Rose -- Christoffer Ehn

Niklas Kronwall -- Mike Green

Danny DeKeyser -- Filip Hronek

Madison Bowey -- Jonathan Ericsson

Jimmy Howard

Jonathan Bernier

Scratched: None

Injured: Evgeny Svechnikov (knee), Thomas Vanek (hip), Anthony Mantha (flu), Trevor Daley (back)

 

Coyotes projected lineup

Alex Galchenyuk -- Nick Cousins -- Clayton Keller

Lawson Crouse -- Brad Richardson -- Josh Archibald

Richard Panik -- Christian Dvorak -- Vinnie Hinostroza

Conor Garland -- Mario Kempe -- Christian Fischer

Oliver Ekman-Larsson -- Niklas Hjalmarsson

Jakob Chychrun -- Alex Goligoski

Jordan Oesterle -- Ilya Lyubushkin

Darcy Kuemper

Calvin Pickard

Scratched: Kevin Connauton, Hudson Fasching

Injured: Derek Stepan (lower body), Jason Demers (lower body), Antti Raanta (lower body), Michael Grabner (upper body), Nick Schmaltz (lower body), Kyle Capobianco (lower body)

 

Status report

Larkin (soreness) and Green (illness) practiced Friday and are expected to play. … Daley could return Tuesday at the Colorado Avalanche. … Stepan is out 4-6 weeks. … Demers was assigned to Tucson of the American Hockey League for conditioning.

 

Stat pack

Detroit had a seven-game losing streak (0-5-2) from Oct. 4-18. … Richardson scored four goals in Arizona's 5-2 win against the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday and has five in his past three games.

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