Detroit Red Wings drop road trip final 2-1 (OT) to Arizona Coyotes


GLENDALE, Arizona – The fourth leg of the trip was a last chance for the Detroit Red Wings to come home with some newfound confidence. They couldn’t do it, even against a team that struggled to win.

They took a quick lead over the Arizona Coyotes, but given that the Coyotes are at the bottom of the NHL standings at quarter-point, that wasn’t much to cheer on the Wings loyalists who hosted. Gila River Arena on a Saturday night. The Wings had to settle for a point when they lost 2-1 in overtime, leaving them 0-3-1 on the trip and 8-10-2 on the season.

Dylan Larkin scored his ninth goal of the season, but Scott Wedgewood provided a good goalie, leaving the Wings to face a tie when Ryan Dzingel deflected Cam Dineen’s shot with 6:29 left in the third period.

Jacob Chychrun scored Clayton Keller’s goal after 22 seconds of overtime. The Wings disputed that there was interference with goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic, but the goal was maintained.

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Larkin’s ninth

Larkin, who suffered a midweek fear of COVID-19 after a false positive test in Dallas, has scored for the fifth time in five games. He gave his team the lead midway through the first period when he used his speed to regain a loose puck, cut through the net, go backhand to forehand and put the puck behind Wedgewood. Beginning in the Nov. 13 game, when he scored in regulation and overtime, Larkin scored the next game in Columbus and scored in the second period in Dallas, just before being fired for pandemic protocol.

Tiny men

Chrychrun anchors the Coyotes defense, averaging around 25 minutes per game. That’s about two minutes longer than Wings point guard Filip Hronek, and almost three minutes longer than Moritz Seider. Chrychun dates back to the 2016 draft, where the Coyotes nabbed him in 16th place after returning picks with the Wings in a trade to drop Pavel Datsyuk’s contract after his split for the KHL with a year to go. strike a deal with a ceiling of $ 7.5 million. Wings eventual first-round pick Dennis Cholowski was lost in the Seattle expansion draft – the Kraken then put him on waivers – but the deal also gave the Wings the pick they used on Hronek.

Last visit (maybe)

The City of Glendale announced ahead of the start of the season that it was ending its lease with the Coyotes at Gila River Arena. Previously named Glendale Arena and Jobing.com Arena, it has been home to the Coyotes since it opened in December 2003. The Wings are still pictured in the stands when they’re here – a front row section, for example, had fans wearing Datsyuk and the Henrik Zetterberg sweaters sat opposite a pair of Steve Yzerman and Nicklas Lidstrom sweaters. It is also a popular stopover with Wings players, especially when the visit falls during the colder months. The franchise wants to stay in Arizona and is trying to build an arena in Tempe in time for the 2025-2026 season.

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