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NHL Playoffs 2011, Red Wings Vs. Coyotes: Game 2 Preview

The Detroit Red Wings opened the 2011 NHL playoffs with a 4-2 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes. Although the start of Game 1 was quite shaky for the Red Wings, they battled back from an early 1-0 deficit to score four straight goals en route to a 4-2 win. The "W" put them on top in the series by one game going into Game 2 on Saturday afternoon at Joe Louis Arena.

Henrik Zetterberg is once again expected to be missing for Detroit. As a result, there aren't expected to be any lineup changes for the Red Wings. Mike Modano and Jakub Kindl were healthy scratches for Game 1, and barring Mike Babcock wanting to mix something up, neither is expected to play in Game 2.

For Phoenix, the big question mark deals with defenseman Derek Morris. He missed Game 1 with an upper-body injury and also missed Friday's practice. Coyotes head coach Dave Tippett called Morris day-to-day (the same status as Zetterberg), so it's looking unlikely that he will be in the lineup on Saturday.

If the Red Wings are able to beat Phoenix again, they will take a 2-0 series lead into Game 3 of the series, which is set for Monday at the Coyotes. A Phoenix victory, on the other hand, would even things up as the series heads to Arizona.