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Wings are meeting challenges

Detroit is set for Game 5 battle in the desert

Wednesday, 04.21.2010 / 3:50 PM ET / News
By Michael Caples  - Detroit Red Wings Staff Writer
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Wings are meeting challenges
DETROIT – As the series shifts back to Arizona, both the Red Wings and Coyotes are voicing confidence and composure.

Moments after he led Detroit to a series-tying shutout victory on Tuesday, Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard said he’s going to try to forget about the win.

“I’m going to enjoy it for a couple minutes, then I’m going to do what I did the other night,” Howard said. “Forget about it and get ready for Friday night.”

Yet there are things the Wings should remember from Game 4, and build on as prepare for Game 5 in Phoenix on Friday.

While the Wings committed seven penalties Tuesday, they also held the Coyotes’ power play off the score sheet. The Wings played more than 11-minutes down a skater to the Coyotes, and didn’t allow a goal. And in possibly the defining moment of the game, the Wings killed off a five-on-three situation halfway through the third period to preserve their lead.

At the same time, the Wings’ offensive leaders found the back of the net. Henrik Zetterberg’s two goals bracketed Pavel Datsyuk’s one-timer blast that put the game out of reach for the Coyotes. The Wings were one-for-three on their power-play chances.

Zetterberg said the key to having success in Phoenix will be to keep things simple.

“We have to go down and play solid hockey,” said Zetterberg, the league’s playoff scoring lead with five goals. “Good road hockey and not do so many mistakes, just make sure that we play solid and have patience. If the special teams keep being good, we will have a chance.”

However, the Wings will be facing a confident group in the Coyotes. When asked if there were any positives his team could take out of their two-game stay at Joe Louis Arena, defenseman Ed Jovanovski said the Coyotes still have the advantage of location.

“We have home ice, that’s all I can say to that,” he said. “We came in here and we got home ice back, and we’ll regroup tomorrow, get some rest, and get back at it Friday.”

Coyotes forward Robert Lang reminded reporters after Game 4 that the series is still tied.

“The series goes on,” Lang said. “It’s 2-2 and we’re going home. Hey, look at the bright side. We split the games here. They had beat us 7-4 the second game at home, and I think everybody pretty much wrote us off right after that. But we came back and had a better Game 3.”

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 52 39 9 4 171 117 82
2 FLA 54 32 16 6 150 122 70
3 NYR 54 31 18 5 153 135 67
4 DET 54 28 18 8 136 132 64
5 NYI 52 28 18 6 145 129 62
6 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 62
7 BOS 53 28 19 6 153 146 62
8 PIT 53 27 19 7 138 135 61
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 MTL 55 27 24 4 147 145 58
11 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
12 OTT 55 25 24 6 154 169 56
13 PHI 52 23 20 9 122 137 55
14 BUF 54 21 27 6 124 146 48
15 CBJ 55 21 28 6 137 170 48
16 TOR 52 19 24 9 120 144 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
D. Larkin 53 18 20 26 38
H. Zetterberg 54 10 27 4 37
T. Tatar 53 16 17 0 33
G. Nyquist 54 14 16 0 30
P. Datsyuk 39 8 21 13 29
J. Abdelkader 54 14 13 -3 27
M. Green 46 4 17 -7 21
N. Kronwall 45 3 14 -10 17
B. Richards 40 5 11 7 16
D. DeKeyser 50 7 8 13 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 21 10 4 .934 1.94
J. Howard 7 8 4 .904 2.89