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4:30 PM PT5:30 PM MT6:30 PM CT7:30 PM ET23:30 GMT7:30 4:30 PM MST6:30 PM EST3:30 UAE (+1)19:30 ETNaN:� BRT, October 31, 2017
Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, Michigan  Attendance: 19,515

Youthful Red Wings face struggling young Coyotes

Arizona Coyotes at Detroit Red Wings

  1. Arizona defeated Philadelphia, 4-3, in overtime last night at Wells Fargo Center, winning its first game of the 2017-18. The Coyotes have allowed three or more goals in 10 straight games, and four or more goals a total of nine times this season.
  2. Detroit beat Florida, 3-2, in a shootout at BB&T Center on Saturday night, snapping its six-game losing streak in the process. Dating to February 23, 2016, the Red Wings have won 12 straight shootouts -- the longest streak in NHL history.
  3. The Red Wings beat the Coyotes, 4-2, earlier this season at Gila River Arena (October 12). Including two straight victories, Detroit is 5-1-1 in its last seven meetings with Arizona overall (since beginning of 2014-15).
  4. Alex Goligoski had a goal and a helper last night, lighting the lamp for the first time of the year, and giving him four points during his current three-game scoring streak. Arizona's blueliners have accounted for 31.0 percent of the team's scoring (goals and assists) in 2017-18 -- the fifth-highest percentage in hockey.
  5. Gustav Nyquist had both the game-tying marker and the game-winning shootout goal Saturday night, earning first-star accolades for the performance. Nyquist has five points (3g, 2a) in his last six skates against the Coyotes.
  6. Tonight will be Arizona's second game in its first back-to-back set of contests this year. The Coyotes were 5-7-1 (.423) in the second of back-to-backs in 2016-17.

DETROIT -- The Detroit Red Wings are ready for their youth to serve them, and they hope that the outcome of this reliance on the future doesn't turn out as sour as it has for the Arizona Coyotes, their opponent on Tuesday.

Two years ago, the Coyotes made a commitment to youth, opting to go with younger players and even to get youthful in the front office, where John Chayka, then 26, was hired as general manager.

On their roster, the Coyotes list a dozen players 25 or younger, including a pair of teenagers, and to say there are growing pains would be an understatement.

Arizona comes to Detroit with a 1-10-1 record. The Coyotes, who finally won via a 4-3 overtime decision over the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday, haven't qualified for postseason play since reaching the Western Conference final in 2011-12.

"We're in a rut as an organization -- not (just) these (12) games, but for five or six years," Chayka told ESPN.com. "You're trying to build up pieces that are going to be game-changers. That's how you win. It's not through mediocre talent or aged-out veterans.

"We've got a few (game-changers), and we have to wait for them to evolve."

At the top of that list might be center Clayton Keller, who leads all NHL rookies in goals (eight) and points (12) but is also minus-10.

Goaltending has been another sore spot for the Coyotes. Antti Raanta, acquired from the New York Rangers to be the No. 1 netminder, is on injured reserve with a lower body injury. Louis Domingue, Raanta's replacement, was placed on waivers Sunday after going 0-6 with a 4.33 goals-against average and a .856 save percentage. Scott Wedgewood, acquired from the New Jersey Devils on the weekend, made his Coyotes debut against the Flyers.

Things also are going south in Detroit. A 3-2 shootout win over the Florida Panthers on Saturday ended the Red Wings' six-game losing skid. However, after opening the season with an impressive 4-1-0 record, including a 4-2 win over the Coyotes in Arizona on Oct. 12, Detroit is 1-5-1.

Looking to find some cohesion within his club, Detroit coach Jeff Blashill indicated he planned to lock in his forward units for the next several games, assembling Dylan Larkin (age 21), Anthony Mantha (23) and Andreas Athanasiou (23) as a kid line among the Red Wings' top six forwards.

That trio combined for a goal by Athanasiou in the win at Florida.

"Certainly with the three young guys together, it gives them a chance when they're going, they can play lots," Blashill said. "But they've also got to carry the line on their own a little bit as a group.

"I think they're ready for it, I think they're ready to be difference-makers in the league."

Defenseman Danny DeKeyser, out the past nine games with a sprained ankle, won't be back in the Detroit lineup anytime soon. DeKeyser is being shut down for a week to allow his ankle to fully heal.

"As he was progressing, as we ramped up to more live battle level, and all of a sudden it started to hurt him more," Blashill said Monday. "We re-evaluated today and docs want to hold him out a week and then see where it's at right now.

"He'll stay off the ice for a week. Really, it's 10 days at least before he'd be available for a game, so 10 to 21 days is what it looks like right now."

Updated October 31, 2017

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