NHL

Phoenix vs. Detroit

Game Date Matchup/Result Breakdown
1 Wed, April 14, 10pm et on TSN Red Wings 2 at Coyotes 3 Recap/Highlights | Box
2 Fri, April 16, 10pm et on TSN Red Wings 7 at Coyotes 4 Recap/Highlights | Box
3 Sun, April 18, 3pm et on TSN Coyotes 4 at Red Wings 2 Recap/Highlights | Box
4 Tues, April 20, 6:30pm et on TSN Coyotes 0 at Red Wings 3 Recap/Highlights | Box
5 Fri, April 23, 10pm et on TSN Red Wings 4 at Coyotes 1 Recap/Highlights | Box
6 Sun, April 25, 1:30pm et on TSN Coyotes 5 at Red Wings 2 Recap/Highlights | Box
7 Tues, April 27, 9pm et on TSN Red Wings 6 at Coyotes 1 Recap/Highlights | Box
Red Wings win series 4-3

PHOENIX COYOTES

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Regular Season Record: 50-25-7, 107 pts
Head-to-Head Record: 2-2
Last Stanley Cup Win: Never
Last Stanley Cup Final Appearance: Never
Last Postseason Appearance: 2002
Players with Stanley Cup Rings: Mathieu Schneider, Ilya Bryzgalov

A reason to cheer for the Coyotes: There may be few better stories in all of sports than the Coyotes ‘phoenix-like’ rise from the ashes of a disastrous off-season. The Desert Dogs were able to put all off-ice distractions aside and compiled the single best season in franchise history. Head coach Dave Tippett likely locked up the Adams trophy in early October as he was able to keep his young group focused on the task at hand. As an additional bonus with the NHL technically owning the Coyotes, it would be amusing to see Gary Bettman present himself the Stanley Cup should they win.

What They Bring To The Table: Few picked the Coyotes to finish any higher than dead last in the NHL this season, and considering how the odds were stacked against them it’s a phenomenal story that they were even able to remain competitive. Not only were they able to compete, they were able to thrive and held the outright Western Conference lead late in the season. While Coyotes management made several shrewd deadline acquisitions to pick up veterans, Phoenix remains an extremely young and inexperienced team. They must fight the notion that they are simply happy in reaching the post-season and continue to do what they have all season long, battling for every loose puck and getting production up and down their lineup. The Coyotes are fortunate to have veteran netminder Ilya Bryzgalov on their roster, as he served as JS Giguere’s backup during the Anaheim Ducks Stanley Cup run in 2007. He has enjoyed a fantastic season in the desert and may even get some consideration for the Hart Trophy for his contributions to the Coyotes’ success this year. Unfortunately for Phoenix, they have not given their main man much of a chance to rest this year as Bryzgalov has played in a career high 68 games. If he is not at the absolute peak of his powers, the Coyotes won’t get far, but if he continues to play as he has all season, Phoenix will be a very tough ‘out’ in the post-season.


DETROIT RED WINGS

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Regular Season Record: 44-24-14, 102 pts
Head-to-Head Record: 2-2
Last Stanley Cup Win: 2008
Last Stanley Cup Final Appearance: 2009
Last Postseason Appearance: 2009
Players with Stanley Cup Rings: Pavel Datsyuk (2), Henrik Zetterberg, Brian Rafalski (3), Johan Franzen, Nicklas Lidstrom (4), Nicklas Kronwall, Dan Cleary, Valtteri Filppula, Tomas Holmstrom (4), Kris Draper (4), Brett Lebda, Andreas Lilja, Brad Stuart, Kirk Maltby (4), Aaron Downey, Drew Miller, Jason Williams, Brad May, Darren Helm, Chris Osgood (3)

A reason to cheer for the Red WIngs: If you enjoy well coached, disciplined hockey teams who play the game the right way, then the Wings are for you. Their roster is filled with players who are willing to pay the price to win games. They are a fundamentally sound team that can roll four lines and sacrifice individual glory for what is best for the team, which speaks to the professionalism of those inside the organization. While virtually every member of the team owns at least one Stanley Cup ring, the team would undoubtedly love to reward rookie netminder Jimmy Howard for his excellent freshman season by helping him secure his first bit of jewelry.

What They Bring To The Table: Detroit is the type of team that no one wants to face in the first round. After some early season struggles, injury concerns and a change in starting netminders, the Red Wings hit their stride late in the season and appear to be peaking at the right time. Head coach Mike Babcock continues to show why he is considered one of the best in the business as he has been able to keep the Wings on track even when it appeared as though everything was about to fall apart. While both Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg had what can be considered ‘off’ years, both have the ability to turn up their game when it matters most. Their veteran core is more savvy and battle-tested than any team in the post-season and a third straight appearance in the finals is certainly not out of the question.


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