The Red Wings want to close out the Coyotes quickly tonight in Game Four so they can return home and get healthy with a little rest before moving on to what would be tougher opposition in the Western Conference semi-finals. Detroit looks to make it a sweep in the opening round of the playoffs against Phoenix, which last year took the Red Wings to the seven game limit before bowing out of the post season.
There were two Western Conference quarterfinal games last night. The defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks avoided getting swept with a 7-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks while San Jose rallied to beat the Los Angeles Kings 6-to-5 in overtime, giving the Sharks a 2-to-1 series lead.
In the ECHL playoffs, the Kalamazoo Wings tonight host the Reading Royals with the K-Wings leading the best of 7 Eastern Conference semi-final series 2-game-to-nothing after winning twice at Reading last weekend. Meanwhile, the National Hockey League and NBC Sports Group have announced a new 10-year television and media rights deal, which runs through the 2020-21 season. NBC remains the exclusive network home and Versus the exclusive cable home of the NHL in the United States.