Coyotes visit Red Wings in battle of hot goalies

Goals could be scarce in Detroit on Friday with the Arizona Coyotes’ Karel Vejmelka and the Red Wings’ Ville Husso protecting the net.Both goaltenders recorded shutouts on Wednesday. The Coyotes snapped a four-game losing streak by blanking Carolina 4-0, and the Red Wings silenced Nashville 3-0.Vejmelka has notched two of his three career shutouts in the past two weeks. Husso leads the NHL with three shutouts.Vejmelka’s father was in the stands to watch his son’s latest outing.”It’s unreal. It’s a dream,” Vejmelka said. “We really enjoyed a couple of games together … I can’t believe it. He never watched an NHL game live, so it’s something special for us and for our family.”Born in the Czech Republic, the younger Vejmelka is in his second NHL season. He’s 6-5-1 with a 2.98 goals against average this season as the team’s No. 1 goaltender.He made 36 saves against the Hurricanes.”He was solid, he was quick, and he looked in control,” coach Andre Tourigny said. “They had a lot of deflections, a lot of pucks thrown at the net where the puck can deflect into a broken play. It was not an easy game, so great job by Veggie.”Arizona needs quality performances from its goaltender and defense, as it ranks in the bottom five in the league scoring (2.67 goals per game). Lawson Crouse scored two goals at Carolina and leads the team with nine.The Coyotes had no trouble scoring in their last visit to Detroit in March. Nick Ritchie was among three players who had two goals in a 9-2 romp.It won’t be that easy putting pucks past Husso. He stopped 26 shots in his latest shutout, including four saves when Nashville had a 5-on-3 power play during the second period.

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