BUFFALO, NY - DECEMBER 4: Valtteri Filppula #51 of the Detroit Red Wings celebrates his goal with Ian White #18, Henrik Zetterberg #40 and Jiri Hudler #26 during a NHL game against the Buffalo Sabres at First Niagara Center on December 2, 2011 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
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The Detroit Red Wings were unable to avoid a losing skid on Tuesday when the lost 3-2 in regulation to the St. Louis Blues on the road. In a season full of streaks and skids, the Red Wings have not just won or lost one game in a row the entirety of the season. All they can hope to do at this point is get back in the win column and launch another one of those impressive winning streaks. Detroit had won seven straight before falling to the Colorado Avalanche on Dec. 4.
Next, they're playing host to the Phoenix Coyotes at the Joe Louis Arena. The Coyotes, unlike the Red Wings, have exchanged wins and losses with regularity this year, and are currently on a two-game winning streak, following a two-game skid. Both of their recent wins have been by one goal, including a 4-3 shootout win over the Chicago Blackhawks.
This will be the third game in four days for the Coyotes, and are looking to match a season-high three-game winning streak. It will also be the first of four meetings between the two teams, and Phoenix will once again be looking for revenge. The Red Wings have bounced the Coyotes out of the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs in each of the past two postseasons. Last season, the Red Wings swept them in four games.
Phoenix is set to play 12 of its next 19 games on the road, but they boast a 9-4-1 record as the visitor, though there's hardly a stadium harder to win at than The Joe. There's no word yet on whether or not Detroit will have Valtteri Flippula in the lineup, as he missed the last outing with a laceration to his leg. The game is set for 7:30 p.m. eastern on Thursday.