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Breakdown: Coyotes-Wings

Dec. 14, 2009 at Joe Louis Arena

Monday, 12.14.2009 / 10:18 PM ET / Features
By Michael Caples  - Detroit Red Wings Staff Writer
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Breakdown: Coyotes-Wings

With the game on the line, goaltender Jimmy Howard came up big for the Wings. Howard made 11 saves in the final period, and helped the Wings hold off a late flurry from the Coyotes to pick up his ninth win of the season.

Derek Meech's first goal of the season couldn't have come at a better time. The Wings' defenseman scored 2:05 into the second period, as he crossed the opposition's blue line and fired a rocket past goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov. It gave the Wings a two-goal lead, and it turned out to be the game-winner. It was a well-deserved goal for Meech, who stepped up for the injured Jonathan Ericsson and played 13:51 Monday night.

Patrick Eaves had an impressive game for the Wings Monday night. The winger played for 19:14, and made every second count. He helped the Wings jump out to a 2-0 lead when he scored shorthanded. He had four shots, two hits, and one takeaway. He also helped hold the Coyotes at bay in the closing seconds, when he sacrificed the body and blocked a shot from captain Shane Doan near the blue line.

The Wings controlled the face-off circle Monday night. The home team won 31 of 43 face-offs, good for 72 percent.

After the game, Howard talked about the pressure he and his defense faced at the end of the game. Here's what he had to say:

"You knew that was going to be the situation. They're down a goal, they're going to come at you, and throw the kitchen sink at you. The guys in front of me did a great job keeping them to the outside, and blocking shots, and when they do that that allows me to get out on the angle and just let the puck hit me."

Kris Newbury had quite the start to his first game as a Red Wing. The young forward picked up a penalty on his first shift, when he made contact with Bryzgalov. When he got out of the box, he rushed down the ice and scored off a pass from Kris Draper. A few minutes later, he picked up a tripping penalty. It was a very eventful ten minutes for Newbury, who on the night had 7:51 worth of ice-time, two shots, and two face-off wins.

The Wings welcome the Tampa Bay Lightning to Joe Louis Arena on Thursday. For tickets, click here.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 49 36 9 4 161 110 76
2 FLA 51 31 15 5 141 112 67
3 NYR 51 28 18 5 146 132 61
4 TBL 50 28 18 4 131 115 60
5 BOS 51 27 18 6 149 136 60
6 NYI 49 26 17 6 134 121 58
7 DET 51 25 18 8 125 130 58
8 NJD 52 26 20 6 117 118 58
9 PIT 49 25 17 7 126 122 57
10 PHI 49 23 18 8 117 128 54
11 CAR 52 23 21 8 124 138 54
12 MTL 52 24 24 4 137 141 52
13 OTT 52 23 23 6 142 164 52
14 TOR 50 19 22 9 116 134 47
15 BUF 52 21 26 5 119 137 47
16 CBJ 53 20 28 5 133 167 45

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
D. Larkin 50 17 18 23 35
H. Zetterberg 51 9 25 2 34
T. Tatar 50 14 16 -3 30
G. Nyquist 51 14 13 -4 27
J. Abdelkader 51 14 12 -4 26
P. Datsyuk 36 6 18 10 24
M. Green 45 3 17 -8 20
N. Kronwall 45 3 14 -10 17
D. DeKeyser 47 6 8 10 14
R. Sheahan 50 7 6 -15 13
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 18 10 4 .931 2.06
J. Howard 7 8 4 .904 2.89