Wings Pound Yotes, Jets are Next

The Red Wings played a great first twenty minutes and coasted the rest of the way en route to a 5-2 win over the Phoenix Coyotes. They scored five goals in the first period and chased Coyotes starting goaltender Mike Smith from the cage, and Jason Labarbera came in and let in a goal as well.

Detroit got goals from Todd Bertuzzi, Valtteri Filppula, Tomas Holmstrom, Darren Helm and Jiri Hudler. Radim Vrbata and Martin Hanzal replied for Phoenix.

Jimmy Howard had a decent game in net for Detroit, making the saves he had to in the first period to kick start the Wings to a 5-0 lead after one. From there on out, the game was out of reach and he let in a slapshot from Vrbata that he should have stopped, and a questionable goal from Hanzal, but he got the 'W.' 

Detroit clearly took the foot off the gas after the first period, and in typical Red Wings fashion they almost let the Coyotes have some life (I find it funny that as a Wings fan you can complain about getting five goals in the first like it was a bad thing). 

The game itself was action packed in the first period. The second and third were completely boring, and without Pavel Datsyuk, who left with a minor bump/bruise, there wasn't anything fancy to look for from him either. You know when you pull your best player with a minor bruise for the third period that you're pretty confident you will win.

Now the Wings look forward to a match-up in Detroit versus the newly resurrected Winnipeg Jets; a team that was formerly the Coyotes who might move to Quebec City who used to have the Nordiques, and at same time as being the Coyotes the Jets were also the Thrashers who used to have a team called the Flames but moved to Calgary. So the Winnipeg/Atlanta/Phoenix Jets/Flames/Coyotes are in Hockeytown tonight to face the Red Wings.

The Jets have a four game win streak going, but might run into a buzzsaw in the Wings, who should have no problem with Winnipeg. But, with the Red Wings, the games they should win are usually the ones they struggle with, so tonight should be a fun match-up. Detroit is 11-2-1 at home and the Jets are only 4-7-4 on the road.

Ondrej Pavelec will get the start tonight for the Jets, while Howard will be in for Detroit. The Wings will have the same line-up as the Phoenix game, while the Jets are without Tobias Enstrom, Ron Hainsey and ex-Wing Derek Meech due to injury.

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Kyle Busch