Is there any reason to believe that the Phoenix Coyotes can avoid the sweep tonight? I guess, it's not that often that teams get swept on their home ice, but it's hard to ignore the superiority that the Detroit Red Wings have shown over the course of this series. The only reasons I can come up with for predicting that the Coyotes will fight off elimination tonight are sentimental cliches. I don't have any good hockey reasons. The Red Wings are just a better team.
One player that a lot of people thought could keep Phoenix in the series is Keith Yandle, and he's been downright poor in the first three games. He's been a shell of the player he was during the regular season, and tonight would be a really good time for him to show up. Don't let his assist total fool you, his two -2 ratings in the first two games are a little more telling.
Henrik Zetterberg is still out for Detroit, but that only does a little bit to level the playing field. It doesn't feel like Phoenix has much of a chance, though it would be cool for them to prove me wrong.