Detroit Red Wings (2-1-0-0) vs. Arizona Coyotes (0-2-1-0)
When: 10:00 PM ET, Thursday, October 12, 2017
Where: Gila River Arena, Glendale, Arizona
Lines: Detroit +100 / Arizona -120
The Detroit Red Wings (3rd in Atlantic Division) continue their three-game road stretch with a matchup against the Arizona Coyotes (7th in Pacific), who are still on the lookout for their first win of the season…
Red Wings Brake In Dallas
The Detroit Red Wings (2-1-0) failed to make it three wins in as many games for the new season, as their trip to Texas finished with a 4-2 defeat against the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center on Tuesday. The Wings once again started on the back foot, winning just 23% of first-period face-offs and finding themselves with a two-goal deficit after the opening 20 minutes. Detroit’s coach Jeff Blashill and captain Henrik Zetterberg have previously expressed their concerns about the new face-off violation rules, clearly approaching them cautiously and paying for that (the Red Wings finished the game with a face-off win percentage of 42.0 and currently rank 3rd worst in face-off wins in the league with lowly 43.8%).
Justin Abdelkader cut Dallas’ lead in half at the start of the second period with a power-play goal, netting his first snipe of the year, while Anthony Mantha (2 goals, 4 points so far this term) made it 3-2 in the third after the Stars took another two-goal lead in the middle frame. Dallas’ fourth marker was an empty-netter two seconds from time. Goalie Jimmy Howard, who had gone 2-0-0 throughout the first two games of the current term with a 1.44 GAA and a .961 save percentage, was rested, with Petr Mrazek notching 29 saves on his season debut. Mrazek is 3-0-0 against Arizona in past meetings with a 2.25 GAA and a .910 save percentage, while Howard has gone 9-4-3 versus the Coyotes with a 2.50 GAA and a .918 save percentage. Detroit is currently tied-4th with Arizona and five other teams in least goals netted per game (2.33) and ranks 10th in least goals allowed on average (2.33). The Red Wings are 10th in power play with a 21.4% conversion rate (3-for-14) and 6th in penalty kill with 92.8% proficiency (13-for-14).
Vegas Breaks Coyotes’ Hearts
A change of venue didn’t benefit the fortunes of the Arizona Coyotes (0-2-1) against the Vegas Golden Knights, as their home-and-home set within a four-day stretch versus this year’s expansion team ended with two defeats. After picking up a 2-1 overtime loss at home in Glendale on Saturday, the Coyotes couldn’t find any rhythm in the following fixture, losing 5-2 at T-Mobile Arena on Tuesday. Despite producing more shots on goal (33-28) and committing a considerably lower amount of giveaways (13-5), the ‘Yotes still were atrocious on face-offs (32%) and found themselves with a 4-0 deficit less than 11 minutes into the opening frame.
Tobias Rieder (2 goals, 3 points so far this year) made it 4-1 in the first period, while Kevin Connauton scored Arizona’s second, grabbing his first marker of the new campaign in the final frame when the Golden Knights were already leading 5-1. Goalie Antti Raanta, who made 40 saves in the first meeting against Vegas three days ago, allowed three goals on just five shots in the opening 6:15 minutes before being pulled for Louis Domingue, who made 21 saves. Domingue is 0-1-0 for the new season with a 3.75 GAA and a. 891 save percentage and has posted a 3-2 home overtime loss for the Coyotes in his only past meeting with Detroit. Raanta, who is 0-1-1 for the current term with a 4.29 GAA and a .894 save percentage, meanwhile, has gone 2-0-0 versus the Red Wings with a 1.50 GAA and a .947 save percentage. Arizona is 4th, alongside Detroit, in least goals scored per fixture (2.33), 7th in most goals conceded on average (4.00), 12th in power play with a 20.0% success rate (2-for-10) and 7th in penalty kill with 90.9% effectiveness (10-for-11).
- Red Wings are 4-1 in their last 5 vs. Western Conference.
- Red Wings are 20-8 in their last 28 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of less than .400.
- Red Wings are 24-8-3 in their last 35 meetings with Coyotes in Arizona.
- Coyotes are 0-4 in their last 4 overall.
- Coyotes are 1-5 in their last 6 vs. Atlantic.
- Coyotes are 2-5 in their last 7 home games.
Three of the last five outings between Arizona and Detroit have gone past regulation, and this could turn out to be another one of those. The Red Wings have started the new season well, despite collecting their first defeat against the Dallas Stars, while the Coyotes will undoubtedly be motivated to snatch their first victory after a single goal difference played a part in two of their opening three defeats of 2017-18. The Red Wings, however, have claimed victories in their last three visits to Glendale, going 4-1-1 in their last six overall meetings, so…