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Trending: Wings get much-needed home win over weary Coyotes

Young line of Athanasiou-Larkin-Mantha makes presence felt

by Dana Wakiji @Dwakiji /

DETROIT - The Red Wings wanted to make the most of a quick respite at home against a tired team.

That's exactly what they did, forging a 2-0 first-period lead en route to a 5-3 victory over the Arizona Coyotes on Halloween night at Little Caesars Arena.

The Coyotes (1-11-1) won an overtime game at Philadelphia Monday and arrived late in the Motor City.

Gustav Nyquist, Luke Glendening, Anthony Mantha, Dylan Larkin and Darren Helm (empty net) scored for the Wings, while Jason Demers, Nick Cousins and Clayton Keller scored for the Coyotes.

Jimmy Howard had 30 saves while Scott Wedgewood had 35.

The Wings improved to 6-6-1 overall and 2-2-1 at home before heading out on a four-game Canadian swing that starts Thursday in Ottawa. 

1. Gustav Nyquist: On Saturday night in Florida, Gustav Nyquist got the game-tying goal in the second period and scored the shootout winner to help the Wings snap a six-game losing streak. On Tuesday, Nyquist kept his good mojo rolling as he scored an unassisted goal 1:29 into the first period, beating Wedgewood stick-side. It was Nyquist's fourth goal of the season.

Quotable: "Part of the reason that the lines are set up the way I have them set up is they're groups of players that play alike. Mantha, Larkin and Double-A all play alike, Tats, Nyquie and Z all play alike, Abby, Helmer and Frans all play alike so that's part of the reason we have them set up that way and I think that can help with chemistry as well." - Wings coach Jeff Blashill

2. Anthony Mantha: Just 1:27 after the Coyotes had cut the Wings' lead to 2-1 on Demers' goal from the right point, Mantha and his young linemates responded. Larkin delivered the puck to Andreas Athanasiou in the slot and Athanasiou tapped it to Mantha at the left side of the net and he restored the two-goal lead. It was Mantha's fifth goal of the season, giving him the team lead in that category. Mantha had four shots on goal, tied for second to Athanasiou's five shots.

Quotable: "We were talking with Double-A that we wanted him to start finding us a little bit more. It was only the two first games for him but tonight I think he played really good. It was an easy tap-in goal." - Mantha

Quotable II: "It was huge. They were coming on in the second. They played last night, we knew a big start would be huge for us. That goal definitely set them back a little bit. I thought it was a little bit of a sloppy second period, not much going on either way. To get that goal was huge." - Larkin

3. Dylan Larkin: After assisting on Mantha's goal at 13:03 of the second, Larkin scored six minutes later. Larkin threw a backhand toward Wedgewood from the right circle and when defenseman Luke Schenn went to block it, the puck instead deflected into the net. It was Larkin's second goal of the season and his first since the home opener against the Minnesota Wild. The assist on Mantha's goal was Larkin's 10th of the season, tying him for the team lead in that category with Mike Green.

Quotable: "I'm getting some puck luck. The assist tonight, I took the puck off of him and made a quick play to Double-A and he did the rest. I really felt like last year it was partially on me, or a lot of it was on me that I wouldn't get that puck, but just some bounces that are nice to have for sure." - Larkin

Quotable II: "It's going to be a process with that group. There were shifts when I think they looked absolutely outstanding and I think they would be the first to tell you there were shifts where they were too loose and either gave up outnumbered rushes against or potential outnumbered rushes against. It's just a matter of continuing to learn that they will not need to cheat one bit to produce offense. In fact, it usually works the other way. So I just think that's a learning process for them. Part of me putting them together is now they got to hold each other accountable and make sure they're doing it right. All three care and I think they will." - Blashill

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