There won't be many changes to either of the lineups for the Red Wings and Avalanche, other than a shift of Tomas Holmstrom
to the left wing on the top line for Detroit with Jiri Hudler
moving down to the left side of the third line.
Forward Todd Bertuzzi
(sick) is still out of action and didn't skate after not practicing on Monday and missing the game against Anaheim last Saturday. Patrick Eaves
(back) skated but also remains out of the lineup after missing the previous two games with the injury.
re-enters the defense lineup for the Red Wings in place of veteran Mike Commodore
, who got his first two games in last week against Minnesota and Anaheim. Fabian Brunnstrom
, who picked up an assist in a 5-0 win against the Ducks last weekend, will remain in the lineup on the right wing of the fourth line -- at least until Bertuzzi or Eaves returns.
"Brunnstrom played great last game," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. "He competed, he skated, he was on the puck ... he was good. He earned the right to play again and ideally he'll play well and keep earning confidence and be a player for us."
Meanwhile, Avs coach Joe Sacco said Matt Duchene
will remain on the left wing of the top line with Paul Statsny and Milan Hejduk
. Sacco likes what he's seen from Duchene on the left side, which he's only done for a few games so far.
"I've definitely seen improvement (from Duchene) the last two games that we put him on the left side with Statsny and Hejduk," Sacco said after Colorado's Tuesday skate at Joe Louis Arena. "The game against Dallas, he scores a hat trick ... but two of those goals are on the power play and he wasn't even on the ice with those two guys. But he just had more jump. He was skating and working."
- Paul Statsny - Milan Hejduk
- Ryan O'Reilly
- Daniel Winnik
- TJ Galiardi
- Chuck Kobasew
- Jay McClement
- Kevin Porter
- Erik Johnson
- Kyle Quincey
- Ryan O'Byrne
will start in net for the Avalanche, while Jean-Sebastien Giguere
will back him up.
- Pavel Datsyuk
- Danny Cleary
- Henrik Zetterberg
- Johan Franzen
- Darren Helm
- Justin Abdelkader
- Cory Emmerton
- Fabian Brunnstrom
- Ian White
- Brad Stuart
- Jakub Kindl
will start in net for the Red Wings, while Ty Conklin
will back him up.