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Morning Skate: Red Wings at Avalanche

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Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

8:00p ET, Coors Field

Denver, CO

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Avalanche Blog: Mile High Hockey

The Red Wings are coming off a three-day break before taking on the Avalanche in the better of the two Stadium Series games this year. The rivalry was renewed between the alumni of these two teams last night, and though the wrong team won, it was a lot of fun seeing guys from some of the best clashes in NHL take to the ice again together.

Today, however, the current Red Wings are looking to get two points at altitude. It's the last game before the trade deadline and they've just gone to overtime in each of their last three matchups, as well as in the first meeting between these two teams. They've had the time to rest after barely squeaking by what should have been a tired and easily beatable Columbus team.

The Wings practiced with the following lines on Wednesday, save for Teemu Pulkkinen skating for Darren Helm due to the latter's illness. Jonathan Ericsson makes his triumphant return to the third pairing tonight, and it's assumed Brendan Smith will be the one sitting. After the hit he took in the Blue Jackets game, he might need a little extra time off. Petr Mrazek's starting in goal. I liked seeing him get pissed at the refs in Tuesday's game after those ridiculously quick whistles in OT, but if that happens again tonight, I fully expect Patrick Roy to be unable to contain himself and launch himself onto the ice to go fight the Red Wings netminder, as is his custom.

Red Wings Expected Lineups

Forwards

Henrik Zetterberg Pavel Datsyuk Justin Abdelkader
Gustav Nyquist Riley Sheahan Tomas Tatar
Brad Richards Andreas Athanasiou Dylan Larkin
Darren Helm Luke Glendening Tomas Jurco


Defensemen

Kyle Quincey Danny DeKeyser
Niklas Kronwall Alexey Marchenko
Jonathan Ericsson Mike Green


Goaltenders

Petr Mrazek (starting)
Jimmy Howard

Scratches: Teemu Pulkkinen, Brendan Smith

Injuries: Drew Miller (torn meniscus/ACL surgery), Johan Franzen (concussion)

Avalanche Expected Lineups

Forwards

Mikhail Grigorenko Matt Duchene Jarome Iginla
Alex Tanguay Nathan MacKinnon Gabriel Landeskog
Shawn Matthias Carl Soderberg Blake Comeau
Cody McLeod John Mitchell Jack Skille


Defensemen

Francois Beauchemin Erik Johnson
Nick Holden Tyson Barrie
Chris Bigras Andrew Bodnarchuk


Goaltenders

Semyon Varlamov (starting)
Calvin Pickard

AVALANCHE THE MATCH-UP RED WINGS
32-27-4 (68 pts; 5th in Central) Record 30-20-11 (71 pts; 4th in Atlantic)
2.63 (15th in NHL) Goals Per Game 2.48 (21st in NHL)
2.79 (21st) Goals Against Per Game 2.51 (10th)
19.3% (13th) Power Play % 17.6% (20th)
79.7% (21st) Penalty Kill % 81.6% (13th)
Matt Duchene (26 goals) Goals Leader Dylan Larkin (19 goals)
Matt Duchene (48 points) Points Leader Henrik Zetterberg (41 points)

Let's Go Red Wings!!!

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Game Day Prediction Contest

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Make your game predictions on the winning team, final score, and who the Wings player of the game will be. Enter the required information into the form below using the formats indicated in the questions. If you don't use those formats, your answers will be disregarded. All submissions are timestamped and will be accepted only until the official game start time. All other submissions after that will be disregarded. Only one submission per person, please. POTG will be determined by the collective of WiiM writers.

Each correct winning team prediction is worth 1 point. Each correct player of the game prediction is worth 2 points. Each correct final score prediction is worth 5 points. If you get all three correct you'll receive 15 points.