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NHL: Colorado Avalanche at Detroit Red Wings Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

9:30p ET, Pepsi Center

Denver, CO

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Avalanche Blog: Mile High Hockey

Another day another game against a former rival from the Western Conference. The last time the Red Wings faced an old rival they played one of their better games of the season and beat a very good Chicago Blackhawks on the last trip into the Joe. Of course, they went and played a sloppy game against the New York Rangers after that. This time around the Red Wings head into Denver to take on the worst team in the NHL, the Colorado Avalanche.

On first look, as bad as the Red Wings have been this season they are still well ahead of the Avalanche in points. A closer look though shows the two teams are a lot closer than one would expect. The only reason the Red Wings are not fighting it out with Colorado for the top spot in the lottery is because they have had a penchant for getting games to overtime and won every one that made it to a shootout.

On the good news front, Coach Blashill confirmed yesterday that Anthony Mantha will rotate back into the lineup after being a healthy scratch the last two games. This is another one of those games where draft position be damned, I always want to beat Colorado.

Expected Lineups

Red Wings

Forwards

Tomas Tatar Henrik Zetterberg Gustav Nyquist
Anthony Mantha Frans Nielsen Darren Helm
Andreas Athanasiou Dylan Larkin Justin Abdelkader
Mitch Callahan Riley Sheahan Luke Glendening

Defensemen

Dan DeKeyser Nick Jensen
Niklas Kronwall Mike Green
Xavier Ouellet Robbie Russo

Goaltenders

Jimmy Howard
Petr Mrazek

Scratches: Drew Miller

Injuries:, Ryan Sproul, Jonathan Ericsson, Johan Franzen (LTIR), Joe Vitale (LTIR)

Avalanche

Forwards

Gabriel Landeskog Matt Duchene Mikko Rantanen
Sven Andrighetto Nathan MacKinnon Rene Bourque
JT Compher Carl Soderberg Joe Colburne
Blake Comeau John Mitchell Matthew Nieto

Defensemen

Erik Johnson Mark Barberio
Fedor Tyutin Tyson Barrie
Francois Beauchemin Anton Lindholm

Goaltenders

Calvin Pickard
Jeremy Smith

Scratches/Injuries: Semyon Varlamov, Nikita Zadorov

The Matchup

Red Wings Stat Avalanche
26-30-11 (63 pts, 8th in Atlantic) Record 19-46-3 (41 pts, 7th in Pacific)
2.37 (26th in NHL) Goals Per Game 1.93 (30th in NHL)
3.01 (t25th) Goals Against Per Game 3.25 (30th)
12.7 (30th) Power Play % 13.3 (29th)
81.2 (13th) Penalty Kill % 78.2 (t24th)
28.2 (26th) Shots For Per Game 27.7 (t27th)
30.6 (18th) Shots Against Per Game 32.1 (26th)
52.5 (4th) Faceoff % 53.5 (2nd)
Tomas Tatar (17) Goals Leader Matt Duchene (16)
Henrik Zetterberg (55) Points Leader Nathan MacKinnon (44)