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Dec 21, 2014
6:00 PM ET
Sunday, December 21, 2014
6:00 PM ET
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Red Wings look to get untracked against Avalanche

Sunday, 12.21.2014 / 1:40 PM

Paul Harris - Correspondent

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Red Wings look to get untracked against Avalanche
Colorado Avalanche vs. Detroit Red Wings

AVALANCHE (11-13-8) at RED WINGS (17-8-8)


DETROIT -- The Detroit Red Wings have finally hit a bump in the road. Their five-game losing streak (0-2-3) is their first slump of the season.

"It happens every year," Detroit coach Mike Babcock told after practice Saturday. "I don't know if it's part of the success disease, a little complacency when you get to feeling good about yourself and you come off a little bit. The League's all the same. I don't know if that's it. I don't know if you haven't got the breaks.

"I don't buy into that stuff. Just do it right."

The Red Wings (17-8-8) face the Colorado Avalanche (11-13-8) on Sunday at Joe Louis Arena.

Detroit has scored five goals in its five-game losing streak, and twice at even strength in its past 342:46.

"We need more shooting and more scores," Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk said. "Last few games we [haven't] scored much. It's hard to win when you score one [goal]. It's a little bit of tough time, frustrated, but we need to stick together and keep playing.

"We start being a little more casual maybe. We need to shoot more, follow rebounds … We got to go to net hard, I think we just need more shots. Trying to make a better play for a shot just doesn't work … Everybody needs to play harder, especially me."

Colorado is off a 5-1 win against the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday in Buffalo.

"Our forwards, I thought spreading out our offense helped out a lot," Avalanche coach Patrick Roy told "We had like four good lines tonight, and they all played well."

Here are the projected lineups:


Maxime Talbot - Matt Duchene - Nathan MacKinnon

Gabriel Landeskog - Ryan O'Reilly - Daniel 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

Reto Berra

Scratched: Borna Rendulic, Nick Holden

Injured: Jesse Winchester (concussion), Semyon Varlamov (groin)


Henrik Zetterberg - Pavel Datsyuk - Justin Abdelkader

Tomas Tatar - Riley Sheahan - Tomas Jurco

Gustav Nyquist - Darren Helm - Johan Franzen

Daniel Cleary - Luke Glendening - Drew Miller

Jonathan Ericsson - Niklas Kronwall

Kyle Quincey - Danny DeKeyser

Brendan Smith - Jakub Kindl

Petr Mrazek

Tom McCollum

Scratched: Joakim Andersson, Brian Lashoff

Injured: Stephen Weiss (shoulder), Jimmy Howard (lower body)

Status update: Roy juggled his lines Saturday in Buffalo. The Mitchell-Tanguay-Iglinla line totaled three goals in that game. Datsyuk and Zetterberg were reunited with Detroit slumping.

Who's hot: Mrazek was spectacular in two periods with 22 saves in relief of Howard in Detroit's 2-1 loss to the New York Islanders on Friday.

Team Stats

2014-2015 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Feb 05 '15 9:00 PM ET at Avalanche
Dec 21 '14 6:00 PM ET at Red Wings
A. Tanguay30111122+31401
J. Iginla3271421-22410
M. Duchene32101020-3811
N. MacKinnon3251520-101530
T. Barrie3231720-61610
G. Landeskog3271219-103130
E. Johnson3171017-22720
R. O'Reilly3251217-11610
Z. Redmond21369+4601
J. Mitchell18448+11010
D. Briere25617-41203
M. Talbot32257-51700
J. McGinn19426-9610
N. Holden31246-162400
C. McLeod32235+27602
J. Hejda32055-61600
D. Everberg16134+0400
M. Cliche26123+11300
N. Guenin26033+0800
T. Vincour7011-1200
M. Sgarbossa3011+01000
A. Agozzino1011+1000
B. Stuart16000-3800
K. Stollery5000+3200
P. Carey3000-1000
B. Rendulic3000-2000
R. Wilson3000-3000
B. Street2000+0000
P. Bordeleau1000+0000
C. Smith1000+0000
C. Pickard125-5-2253902.16.936
S. Varlamov154-6-5475173.22.909
R. Berra102-2-1221873.57.882
H. Zetterberg3362127-11401
P. Datsyuk22121123+4442
T. Tatar33121022+21223
G. Nyquist3314519-51482
J. Franzen2661319-92633
N. Kronwall3351318-22610
R. Sheahan337916+2640
D. Helm3351116-1211
J. Abdelkader267815+62212
T. Jurco302911+7610
D. DeKeyser3111011+51001
S. Weiss114610+4201
J. Kindl25257+11420
J. Ericsson33077-42800
B. Smith28246-12200
K. Quincey29156+13500
D. Miller33145+1400
L. Glendening33314+31800
J. Andersson28033+01000
X. Ouellet9112+3000
D. Cleary9112-3200
A. Nestrasil13022-3400
B. Lashoff10022+5400
J. Howard2613-5-7536742.06.921
P. Mrazek53-2-0121542.54.922
J. Gustavsson31-1-17762.30.908