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Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, Michigan  Attendance: 19,515

Coyotes visit Red Wings in battle of hot goalies

Arizona Coyotes at Detroit Red Wings

  1. The Coyotes have won their last four games against the Red Wings, including a 9-2 win at Detroit the last time the teams faced each other (March 8). It's the Coyotes' longest winning streak against the Red Wings since they won four games in a row spanning the 1998-99 and 1999-2000 seasons.
  2. The Coyotes beat the Hurricanes, 4-0, in Raleigh on Wednesday. Over the last two seasons, Arizona's only other win by a margin of four goals or more is its 9-2 victory at Detroit on March 8 last season.
  3. Karel Vejmelka posted his second shutout of the season at Carolina on Wednesday, 13 days after he blanked the Islanders on Long Island. Vejmelka and Detroit's Ville Husso are the only NHL goaltenders with two shutouts this month.
  4. The Red Wings' 3-0 victory against Nashville on Wednesday was Detroit's 10th win in 19 games this season. This is the first time the Red Wings have recorded their 10th win of a season before their 20th game since 2014-15, when they also did it in their 19th game.
  5. Dylan Larkin has tallied at least one point in each of the Red Wings' 10 wins this season (totals: five goals, 13 assists). Larkin has two goals and four assists in Detroit's current three-game winning streak.
  6. Ville Husso's 3-0 win over Nashville was his third shutout in 13 games for the Red Wings, who acquired him in a trade with St. Louis last summer. The only other goalie in franchise history to post three shutouts for the club as quickly as Husso is Hap Holmes, who did that in his fifth game in 1926-27, the team's first season (and then called the Detroit Cougars).

Goals could be scarce in Detroit on Friday with the Arizona Coyotes' Karel Vejmelka and the Red Wings' Ville Husso protecting the net.

Both goaltenders recorded shutouts on Wednesday. The Coyotes snapped a four-game losing streak by blanking Carolina 4-0, and the Red Wings silenced Nashville 3-0.

Vejmelka has notched two of his three career shutouts in the past two weeks. Husso leads the NHL with three shutouts.

Vejmelka's father was in the stands to watch his son's latest outing.

"It's unreal. It's a dream," Vejmelka said. "We really enjoyed a couple of games together ... I can't believe it. He never watched an NHL game live, so it's something special for us and for our family."

Born in the Czech Republic, the younger Vejmelka is in his second NHL season. He's 6-5-1 with a 2.98 goals against average this season as the team's No. 1 goaltender.

He made 36 saves against the Hurricanes.

"He was solid, he was quick, and he looked in control," coach Andre Tourigny said. "They had a lot of deflections, a lot of pucks thrown at the net where the puck can deflect into a broken play. It was not an easy game, so great job by Veggie."

Arizona needs quality performances from its goaltender and defense, as it ranks in the bottom five in the league scoring (2.67 goals per game). Lawson Crouse scored two goals at Carolina and leads the team with nine.

The Coyotes had no trouble scoring in their last visit to Detroit in March. Nick Ritchie was among three players who had two goals in a 9-2 romp.

It won't be that easy putting pucks past Husso. He stopped 26 shots in his latest shutout, including four saves when Nashville had a 5-on-3 power play during the second period.

"This probably was the first goalie complete win. He stole the game," coach Derek Lalonde said. "He's been great, solid, and there are games we've been real good in front of him and he hasn't had to do a ton. But (Wednesday), he was the difference in the game. He was the best player on the ice, and if he's not that good in the second or even the third (periods), we're probably looking at a different outcome."

Detroit scored two second-period goals in support of Husso, then added an empty-netter in the final minute.

Husso came into the season in a time-share with Alex Nedeljkovic. He has emerged as the No. 1 option, compiling an 8-2-3 record and 2.36 GAA.

"The guys were unbelievable in front of me again (Wednesday), and that was an amazing 5-on-3 kill," said Husso, who was acquired from St. Louis in an offseason deal. "That gives us a lot of energy, and I think we are on a good track right now. There are still things where we can be better, but I like the work we do every day."

Dylan Larkin, the team's captain, scored the first goal and has six points in his last three games -- all Red Wings victories. Defenseman Filip Hronek has scored four times in the same span, including a power-play goal against the Predators.

"We're finding ways to win right now, and when things aren't going our way, it's not snowballing," Larkin said. "It's a huge improvement over the past few years."

--Field Level Media

Updated November 24, 2022

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