Regardless, the next game is against the Phoenix Coyotes Thursday. The Coyotes are coming off a 3-2 overtime loss in Montreal. They are in Ottawa Tuesday before making Detroit the last stop on a mini eastern-Canada-Michigan road trip. Hopefully they will be tired by the time they roll into Joe Louis Arena. The Red Wings will be rested, no doubt.
The Wings have to start establishing presence early in the first period. They can't let the Coyotes take the crowd out of it. If Detroit gets up by a couple goals early, this game is in the books. Phoenix probably won't have the energy to come back at the end of a road trip.