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Morning Skate: Avalanche at Red Wings

6:00p ET, Joe Louis Arena

Detroit, MI

TV: Fox Sports Detroit

Radio: 97.1 The Ticket

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It’s December and the holidays are upon us. This time of the year is sometimes referred to as the “giving season.” Well, the Red Wings are taking that way too literally these days. Just giving away points left and right to opposing teams.

It’s been 2 weeks (!) since the Wings last won a game. They’ve given away 7 whole points during that span. Thankfully, no one else has been doing that great either. The Leafs have cooled down a bit. Montreal and Tampa are in the midst of just being okay. The Atlantic noticed Detroit’s struggles and decided to chill out too and let the Wings catch their breath before everyone starts playing well again.

Hopefully the Red Wings can rebound tonight against an Avs team that isn’t living up the standards they set last season. December hasn’t been kind to Colorado either. They defeated Buffalo last night to bring their December record to a solid 2-3-3. If the Wings fail to take advantage of a bad team at home that’s coming in on the 2nd night of a back-to-back… it might be time to call the last two weeks something more than just a slump.

The Expected Lineups


Henrik Zetterberg Pavel Datsyuk Justin Abdelkader
Tomas Tatar Riley Sheahan Tomas Jurco
Gustav Nyquist Darren Helm Johan Franzen
Daniel Cleary Luke Glendening Drew Miller


Niklas Kronwall Jonathan Ericsson
Danny DeKeyser Kyle Quincey
Jakub Kindl Brendan Smith


Petr Mrazek (starting)
Thomas McCollum

Scratches: Brian Lashoff & Joakim Andersson

Injuries: Jimmy Howard (lower body), Stephen Weiss (shoulder) & Jonas Gustavsson (shoulder)


Max Talbot Matt Duchene Nathan MacKinnon
Gabriel Landeskog Ryan O’Reilly Danny Briere
Alex Tanguay John Mitchell Jarome Iginla
Cody McLeod Marc-Andre Cliche Patrick Bordeleau


Jan Hejda Erik Johnson
Nate Guenin Tyson Barrie
Brad Stuart Zach Redmond


Calvin Pickard (starting)
Reto Berra

11-13-8 (30 pts; 6th in West WC) Record 17-8-8 (42 pts; 3rd in Atlantic)
2.50 (21st in NHL) Goals Per Game 2.79 (13th in NHL)
3.06 (25th) Goals Against Per Game 2.30 (5th)
13.3% (27th) Power Play % 22.0% (7th)
86.2% (5th) Penalty Kill % 88.4% (2nd)
Alex Tanguay (11 goals) Goal Leader Gustav Nyquist (14 goals)
Alex Tanguay (22 points) Points Leader Henrik Zetterberg (27 points)

  • The Red Wings are 63-41-5-6 (W-L-T-OTL) all-time in the regular season against the Colorado Avalanche.

  • Last 10 Games: Colorado 3-4-3, Detroit 4-3-3
  • Mrazek has never faced the Avs… and he’s never won a game at the Joe. He’s 0-3-0 in 5 games with a 2.36 GAA and .911 SV%./

Let’s Go Red Wings.

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