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Saturday, October 19th (All times Eastern)

Detroit Red Wings (6-2-0) at Phoenix Coyotes (4-2-2), 9 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Detroit Red Wings seek a fifth straight victory on Saturday night when they try to avenge one of just two setbacks this season in a meeting with the Phoenix Coyotes.

Detroit dropped two in a row to Boston and Phoenix on Oct. 5 and 10, respectively, but has won all four of its games since while holding its opponent to a pair of goals or fewer in each contest.

Jonas Gustavsson has backstopped the Red Wings to each of their last three wins while No. 1 netminder Jimmy Howard recovers from a bruised hand. Gustavsson made 38 saves in Thursday's 4-2 victory over Colorado, the Avalanche's first setback of the season.

Pavel Datsyuk and Johan Franzen scored two goals each, while Daniel Alfredsson had three assists.

"We usually play good here and tonight was no exception," said Franzen. "We slowed them down as much as we could. It was a little rough in the second, but we'll take a tie going into the third anytime against them."

The Red Wings were able to overcome a scary incident 2:13 into the game when Niklas Kronwall was slammed into the boards by Colorado's Cody McLeod. Kronwall was taken off the ice on a stretcher and suffered a concussion as well as cuts near his right ear.

McLeod received a major for boarding and has been suspended by the league pending an in-person hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety on Tuesday.

The Red Wings are looking to post their longest winning streak since winning six in a row from Feb. 8-19, 2012 and it is unknown if Howard or Gustavsson will be in net.

Gustavsson won his only other start versus the Coyotes, stopping 28-of-30 shots on March 25 with Detroit, while Howard is 8-2-2 with a 2.19 goals against average versus Phoenix. That includes a 4-2 home loss on Oct. 10, when Howard allowed three goals on 37 shots.

That win was the Coyotes' fourth in the past 10 meetings overall.

Phoenix returns home following a 3-2 shootout loss to Anaheim last night. The Coyotes have points in five straight, following up a three-game win streak with consecutive post-regulation setbacks.

Mike Smith made 37 saves through overtime, but yielded four goals in the six- round shootout.

Antoine Vermette and Rostislav Klesla each scored in regulation for the Coyotes.

"I thought we played a solid road game. Both teams had a few chances but we hung around the game and gave ourselves a chance to win and that is what you want to do," said Phoenix head coach Dave Tippett. "Anaheim has been playing very well and we wanted to come in and play a solid game. For the most part, we did that."

Smith has started seven of his club's eight games this season, making 28 saves in the earlier win over Detroit. He moved to 3-5-2 against the club lifetime with a 2.54 GAA.

Backup Thomas Greiss could get his second start of the season for the Coyotes tonight and has never faced the Red Wings. His only start this season was a win over Philadelphia on Oct 11.

10/19 10:32:56 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CAR 4
TOR 1
Final
DUKE 66
UCONN 56
Final
CHI 103
NYK 97
Final
HOU 90
NOP 99
4th
SAC 83
MIL 83
 
Half
GSW 65
OKC 63
 
Final
RICE 72
STTHOMASTX 61
 
Final
UVA 70
CLST 54
Final
LIU 69
FIU 58
 
Final
STET 67
GSOUT 76
 
Final
QUIN 80
LEH 65
 
Final
SFLA 69
SHU 89
Final
RICH 65
SALA 54
Final
CAN 60
USB 59
 
Final
DEL 62
TEMPL 82
Final
WCU 56
WRST 69
 
Final
VERM 56
YALE 57
 
Final
SDKST 75
IDST 72
 
Final
RIDE 62
MRGST 48
 
Final
LATU 79
NICST 54
 
Final
CHAR 75
APP 65
Final
MISS 71
CCAR 68
 
Final
DUKE 66
UCONN 56
Final
BRAD 80
EUREK 38
 
Final
PEAY 76
OAKC 52
 
Final
JST 66
SMISS 46
 
Final
SD 55
MNTST 53
 
Final
UAB 70
LSU 79
Final
EVAN 81
OHIO 69
 
Final
CSFU 72
CSDH 50
 
2nd
ORST 85
DEP 53
 
2nd
PAC 55
NEV 53
 
Final
USF 77
PORST 40
 
2nd
IDAHO 75
WALLA 31
 
2nd
UTST 44
CALST 33
 
Final
PIT 1
COL 0
Final
PHI 1
FLA 2
Final
CAR 4
TOR 1
Final
CLB 4
WAS 5
Final
MON 1
ANA 2
2nd
SJS 2
EDM 3
 
2nd
LOS 2
STL 3
 
Final
JAC 21
TEN 13