Avalanche at Red Wings: Gameday Updates, Line Combinations, Key Matchups

We've got the Wings/Avs Stadium Series preview show tonight in the Motor City; a rivalry so hot that the Wings are offering student and military rush tickets to see if they can fill the Joe on Friday night for an opponent that nobody cares about anymore.

Colorado played last night in Ottawa, beating the Phlying Phaneufs phour to three. We should probably thank them for that. But who cares about them, let's get to the important stuff!


Must be some vampires out there. Thanks for looking out, DK.

Line Combinations

Red Wings Lineup


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


Kyle Quincey Danny DeKeyser
Brendan Smith Mike Green
Jonathan Ericsson Alexey Marchenko


Petr Mrazek
Jimmy Howard

Scratches: Teemu Pulkkinen, Jakub Kindl

Injuries: Johan Franzen, Drew Miller, Niklas Kronwall

Power-play units:

  1. Zetterberg-Datsyuk-Abdelkader (net front)-Richards-Smith
  2. Nyquist-Larkin-Tatar-Helm (net front)-Green

Avalanche Lineup


Gabriel Landeskog Carl Soderberg Blake Comeau
Alex Tanguay Nathan MacKinnon Cody McLeod
Mikhail Grigorenko John Mitchell Matt Duchene
Andreas Martinsen Chris Wagner Jarome Iginla


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


Calvin Pickard
Semyon Varlamov

Fun Facts!

I swear those Avs lines came from Mile High Hockey and I'm not making shit up about Cody McLeod being a winger for Nathan MacKinnon.

Lava is extremely hot

Petr Mrazek's lifetime save percentage against Colorado is .980

Mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell

Key Matchups

Energy vs. Energy

The Avs are playing the second of back-to-back while the Wings have been going every other day and have games on Sunday and Monday to worry about. It would be nice to see the Wings jump all over the Avs early and then get to coast to a victory. Unfortunately, that's a rare condition anywhere in the NHL anymore (just look at the Sharks coming back against the Flames last night).

Detroit vs. Their own Discipline

Not all of the hundreds of penalty calls against Detroit lately have been good calls, but I counted six out of the seven penalties they took against Ottawa as stupid things for a player to do rather than a screw-job by the refs. The Wings have to be more disciplined.

Let's Go Red Wings.