RECAP: Detroit Red Wings’ defensive miscues lead to costly loss against Arizona

    Red Wings lose to Coyotes in shootout

    The Detroit Red Wings fell to the Arizona Coyotes 4-3 in a shootout, snapping their opponent’s nine-game losing streak. The loss is a metaphor for the season, as Detroit's momentum quickly shifted to the other side on the scoresheet and in the standings.

    Detroit Red Wings

    Why it Matters

    • Detroit's defense has been a problem for some time
    • The loss brings the Red Wings further away from a playoff spot
    • The Detroit Red Wings played well for long stretches but couldn't capitalize

    Detroit Red Wings vs Coyotes By the Numbers

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    • Detroit outshot Arizona 27-8 in the second period
    • The Red Wings went 0 for 3 in the shootout
    • Arizona ended their skid while Detroit's reached three

    What They're Saying

    “Loved their effort,” Detroit coach Derek Lalonde said. “Probably got a little bit in the third there, which is perfectly understandable in a back-to-back. Ran into a really good goalie tonight. A little unfortunate with not being able to finish, but the way we played tonight, three goals on the road should be enough.”

    The Bottom Line

    The Red Wings have to figure out their defensive issues and capitalize on their chances if they want to make a comeback in the standings. The loss to Arizona, a team at the bottom of the standings, raises concern for the team's ability to put away teams out of the race. Detroit will need to shake off this loss and focus on future games.

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