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Jeff Blashill Before Tonight's Game Against The Arizona Coyotes

11/13/2018 at 1:17pm EST

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The Detroit Red Wings' gradually improving offense and power play face challenges tonight against the Arizona Coyotes at Little Caesars Arena (7:30, Fox Sports Detroit)

Arizona is third in the NHL in goals-against per game (2.44) and first on the penalty kill at 91.8 percent, four percentage points better than any other team.

"They work," Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. "They do a good job with their forwards creating enough puck pressure that they don't have to invest their D as much. So, their D aren't nearly as aggressive as let's say Carolina's D were coming down the walls in the O-zone on the forecheck because their forwards have allowed them enough puck pressure to not have to do it.

"They've gotten good goaltending (from Antti Raanta and Darcy Kuemper). I would say with OEL (Oliver Ekman-Larsson), with (Niklas) Hjalmarsson, with (Alex) Goligoski, with (Jason) Demers, they've got a number of real good defensemen. They're a sneaky -- and I say sneaky because they probably don't get the respect they deserve -- really good D corps in the league. I think when you take those players and you combine them, you'd probably say it's one of the better D corps in the league. Hjalmarsson's one of the best defensive players in the league, OEL is one of the best D-men in the league."

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