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#4 Phoenix Coyotes vs. #5 Detroit Red Wings

April 14, 2010

#4 Phoenix (50-25-7, 107 pts)

#5 Detroit (44-24-14, 102 pts)

Regular season series (Series tied 2-2)

Oct 22, 2009 Detroit 2, Phoenix 3
Dec 14, 2009 Phoenix 2, Detroit 3
Jan 2, 2010 Detroit 4, Phoenix 1
Jan 26, 2010 Phoenix 5, Detroit 4

Phoenix Key Numbers
Power Play: 14.6%
Penalty Kill: 84.5%
Face-off: 50%
Last ten: 5-3-2
Major injuries: Scottie Upshall, Kurt Sauer, Robert Lang

Detroit Key Numbers
Power Play: 19.3%
Penalty Kill: 84%
Face-off: 51.2%
Last ten: 8-1-1
Major injuries: Kirk Maltby

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Jesse Liebman:

I know my good buddy Jeff Hancock is going to hate me for this. Call me crazy, call me looney tunes…I don’t care. Silly rubber snakes or not, they’re going to be howling in the desert this spring. Phoenix has a bunch of speedsters that are going to light up Jimmy Howard. I love the kid, and yes, he’s deserving of a Calder; he still has yet to convince me that he can avoid a Steve Mason-esque collapse.


Phoenix in 6


Jeff Hancock:


Hate you, Jesse? No way.  Laugh at you?  Yes, of course.  The Phoenix fan(s) can throw all the snakes he/she (they??) want.  You and I both know that Arena is going to be half full with Detroit fans.  And don’t be concerned about Jimmy Howard being lit up.  Howard was 13-0-2 in the last month of the season.  He didn’t lose a single game in regulation, which means he gives the Red Wings a chance to win every night and Howard can at least get his team to OT.  And the ‘Yotes?  They’re a good team this season, no doubt, but sadly for them, there are no shoot outs in the playoffs.  Phoenix had a Western Conference leading 14 SO wins.   If these games go to overtime, look for Detroit’s depth and talent to win out.  The Red Wings are healthier and more rested heading into the 2010 postseason, then they have been the past three years.  Add in their tremendous playoff experience and it’s hard to bet against them.

Detroit in 6


Brandon Fox:


The Red Wings have been one of the hottest teams since the Olympic Break. Jimmy Howard has been remarkable for the Red Wings all season, especially with the injuries to key players in the roster all season. With all of their guns back, the Red Wings look like the Western Conference Champion team we’ve seen in the past two years. The Phoenix Coyotes have relied on balanced scoring from all four lines this season. Under coach Dave Tippett, they’ve played well defensively. Additionally, they have goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov, who should win the league MVP. This series is going to be long and hard fought.

Detroit in 7

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