Coyotes @ Red Wings - Game 4 - 4/20
Posted April 20, 2010 - 04:10 PM
The game is set to start at 6:30 and the Red Wings have to be there on time. This is as close to a must-win as it gets without actually facing elimination.
Brian Rafalski has skipped the last two practices for Detroit but is expected to play tonight. Shane Doan is out for Phoenix, with Vernon Fiddler back in the lineup to replace him.
The Red Wings have to take advantage of the Doan-less Coyotes. Phoenix was a noticeably less-energetic team with Doan out of the lineup on Sunday but Detroit was so slow and slow apathetic that it didn't matter.
And I know that one reader who emailed me on Sunday will say that kind of thinking doesn't give credit to the Coyotes. That's because it's not intended to. In Game One the Coyotes clearly outplayed Detroit. In Game Three they did not, it was just that the Wings were that bad.
Posted April 20, 2010 - 06:31 PM
I swear they're calling more cheap stuff now that the hitting has stopped. Odd. I'm not sure how much I like any of the calls tonight.
I don't think the Wings got a single rebound chance all period. They're getting shots through but they've gotta get to the net better.
Detroit was definitely better than Phoenix but it doesn't matter without goals to show for it.
Posted April 20, 2010 - 06:41 PM
Posted April 20, 2010 - 08:04 PM
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