Red Wings fall 4-1 to lowly Coyotes
The Red Wings hit rock bottom on Tuesday night.
Facing a team that was tied with the fewest points in the league and that was hammered 7-0 on Monday night, Detroit could not take advantage of the opportunity and dropped a 4-1 decision to the Arizona Coyotes Tuesday night at Joe Louis Arena.
The Coyotes were routed by the Pittsburgh Penguins Monday night in Pittsburgh.
The Red Wings are 13-13-4 for 30 points – currently out of the playoffs but only four points out of a playoff spot – and 2-8-3 in their last 13 at home.
“It’s the guys in here. We have to get together in here and come up with a better effort than that,” captain Henrik Zetterberg said. “We know where we are in the standings. We had a good opportunity here to play good at home for five games. I thought we played decent maybe half of those three games we’ve played. But it’s got to be better if we want to be in this race. “
The Wings, who are 0-2-1 in the first three games of a five-game homestand, face the Los Angeles Kings Thursday and the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday at JLA.
The Wings were on their heels from the start as Alexey Marchenko took a tripping penalty 1:22 into the game and Anthony DeAngelo made Detroit pay with a power-play goal 2:01 into the game.
The Red Wings didn’t get their first shot until 5:33 remained in the first period. It was a harmless backhand shot from along the left boards by Marchenko.
“It’s unacceptable. There’s no way it can look like that,” Niklas Kronwall said.
Andreas Athanasiou tied it 1-1 with 3:48 left in the opening period.
But the Coyotes scored with 16 seconds left in the first, when Lawson Crouse’s backhand found its way past Jimmy Howard. It would be the winning goal.
Jamie McGinn added goals in the second (2:37 into the period) and third periods for the Coyotes.
“Our start, the effort we had in the first period, it’s embarrassing. That’s on the leaders. That starts with me,” Zetterberg said. “We’ve got to be better prepared in here to come out.
“We all know they played last night. They lost pretty bad so we knew they were going to come out and play fast hockey from the start and win a lot of battles. We had to match that and didn’t do that. Even though I don’t think they played great hockey in the first, but that just shows how bad we were.”
With the score 3-1, Zetterberg and Tomas Jurco each hit the goal post in the first five minutes of the third period.
But this just about sums up the night for the Red Wings:
A deflected puck hit both Dylan Larkin and Frans Nielsen in the mouth while they were sitting on the bench with 48.3 seconds left in the first period.
Marchenko left the game in the third period with an upper-body injury. Coach Jeff Blashill said Marchenko was day-to-day. … Anthony Mantha got into his first NHL fight on Tuesday. It came against Arizona defenseman Luke Schenn 8:26 into the second period. Mantha, 6-5, 221 pounds, acquitted himself well, getting in a couple of good shots on Schenn. … The Coyotes’ Brendan Perlini was a Belle Tire AAA teammate of Dylan Larkin in Youth hockey. … Red Wings’ D Jonathan Ericsson missed his third straight game with back spasms. … Detroit was also without C Darren Helm (upper body), D Brendan Smith (lower body), FTyler Bertuzzi (ankle) and LW Justin Abdelkader (lower body).