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Colorado Avalanche
(1-1-0)

Game #3
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Detroit Red Wings
(2-0-0)
Arena: Joe Louis Arena--Detroit, MI
Starting goalie: Peter Budaj Starting goalie: Jimmy Howard
0-0-0 0.00
1-0-0 0.00 GAA
SBN Blog: Mile High Hockey Last meeting:
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Time:

7:30 PM EST

TV: Versus, RIS, TSN2

After Kirk Maltby's retirement today, the Wings take on the squad from Denver, the franchise against whom we remember Maltby playing so many crucial games. Craig Anderson spends tonight on the bench writing letters to the Academy in hopes to bolster his Oscar chances after taking a bad dive last night and they'll have Peter Budaj in net. Meanwhile, Sophomore netminder Jimmy Howard takes to the pipes for Detroit after shutting down Anaheim in Detroit's season opener.

Here is the Red Wings expected lineup:

Pavel Datsyuk-Henrik Zetterberg-Tomas Holmstrom
Johan Franzen-Valtteri Filppula-Todd Bertuzzi
Jiri Hudler-Mike Modano-Dan Cleary
Drew Miller-Darren Helm-Patrick Eaves

Nicklas Lidstrom-Brad Stuart
Doug Janik-Niklas Kronwall
Jakub Kindl-Ruslan Salei

Jimmy Howard

Yes, you read that right: Doug Janik was called up today and will play on the 2nd defensive pairing. Brian Rafalski had arthroscopic surgery today to explore why his knee is still bothering him. They cleared out some loose particles and, according to Helene St. James of the Free Press, Rafalski will miss 3-4 weeks.

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