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Game 51

Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

9p ET, Pepsi Center

Denver, CO

TV: Fox Sports Detroit, NBCSN

Radio: 97.1 The Ticket

Avs Blog: Mile High Hockey

I'm so happy to watch a hockey game tonight. It feels like forever since we last saw the Red Wings play. Please never take this much time off again. The Wings are embarking on a short western road trip. Colorado tonight and Phoenix on Saturday. The great news is that the Red Wings don't play on Friday. They always lose on my birthday, so high five for no games on my day of birth. Good job NHL schedule makers.

So what can we expect from this game tonight? The Avalanche have won two straight. They've been solid their last 10 games too. After a shitty start, they've climbed back into the wild card hunt. They're four points back of the last playoff spot, so they're fighting for their playoff life. The Red Wings, meanwhile, are the greatest hockey team of all time. Detroit is firmly in a playoff spot and based on the East standings… the playoffs are pretty much set. It's all about positioning now. Win tonight and continue to keep pace with the Lightning. If my boy Tyler Seguin can do me a solid, the Wings will be tied for first in the Atlantic after a win.

Let's have some fun tonight.

The Expected Lineups

Forwards

Gustav Nyquist Henrik Zetterberg Justin Abdelkader
Darren Helm Pavel Datsyuk Tomas Tatar
Stephen Weiss Riley Sheahan Luke Glendening
Drew Miller Joakim Andersson Tomas Jurco

Defensemen

Niklas Kronwall Jonathan Ericsson
Danny DeKeyser Kyle Quincey
Brendan Smith Alexi Marchenko

Goaltenders

Petr Mrazek (starting)
Jonas Gustavsson


Scratches: Xavier Ouellet (maybe?), Jakub Kindl & Daniel Cleary

Injuries: Johan Franzen (headaches) & Jimmy Howard (groin)

Forwards

Gabriel Landeskog Ryan O'Reilly Nathan MacKinnon
Alex Tanguay Matt Duchene Jarome Iginla
Cody McLeod John Mitchell Dennis Everberg
Max Talbot (fuck that guy) Marc-Andre Cliche Danny Briere


Defensemen

Jan Hejda Zach Redmond
Nate Guenin Tyson Barrie
Brad Stuart Nick Holden


Goaltenders

Semyon Varlamov (starting)
Reto Berra


AVALANCHE THE MATCH-UP RED WINGS
22-18-11 (59 pts; 3rd in WC) Record 29-12-9 (67 pts; 3rd in Atlantic)
2.49 (23rd in NHL) Goals Per Game 2.98 (8th in NHL)
2.72 (19th) Goals Against Per Game 2.44 (7th)
13.0% (29th) Power Play % 25.6% (1st, bitches)
83.5% (7th) Penalty Kill % 82.7%(11th)
Jarome Iginla (16 goals) Goal Leader Tomas Tatar (22 goals)
Alex Tanguay (34 points) Points Leader Henrik Zetterberg (46 points)

  • The Red Wings are 63-41-5-7 (W-L-T-OTL) all-time in the regular season against the Colorado Avalanche/Quebec Nordiques franchise.

  • Last 10 Games: Colorado 5-2-3, Detroit 8-2-0

  • Petr Mrazek is 0-0-1 all-time against the Avs. He lost 2-1 in a nine(!) round shootout on December 21st.

Let's Go Red Wings.