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[Game Thread] Wings vs. Avs

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After going 1-1-0 on their two-game road trip this past weekend, the Detroit Red Wings (20-5-4) take on their old rival, the Colorado Avalanche (14-14-1) at home.

The Avs have been going through a bit of a rough patch this season including the unfortunate news that captain Joe Sakic will miss at least three months after suffering three broken fingers courtesy of a snowblower. The Avs currently sit in 12th place in the Western Conference standings, but only have two points less than the eighth seeded team (Minnesota Wild).

Chris Osgood will get the start in net for Detroit after Saturday's 5-4 shootout win in Phoenix. While his statistics have most certainly not been ideal, Ozzie only has one loss in regulation this season. In fact, he has started 17 games this team where the team got at least one point in the contest.

You can bet that the Avs really want to win this game coming off a 4-3 loss at home to Chicago and considering the Wings have won the last eight straight meetings between the two teams (the last four regular season games and a sweep in the Western Conference semifinals).

I will be at the game so I will be unable to leave any comments during the game, but please feel free to talk about the action in the comment section and I will be sure to respond as soon as I return home.

The game starts at 7pm and will be shown on Versus. You can visit Mile High Hockey, a fellow SBN blog, for the perspective of the game from the Avs' side. Go Wings!