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Avs to Face Red Wings in Round Two

by Aaron Lopez / Colorado Avalanche

Western Conference Semifinals
Game 1 - Thursday, April 24th @ Detroit
     5:30 p.m. VERSUS/TSN

Game 2 -
Saturday, April 26th @ Detroit
     1:00 p.m. NBC/TSN

Game 3 - Tuesday, April 29th vs. Detroit
       8:00 p.m. VERSUS/TSN/Altitude  Tickets

Game 4 - Thursday, May 1st vs. Detroit
       8:00 p.m. VERSUS/TSN 
Tickets

Game 5 - Saturday, May 3rd @ Detroit*
     11:00 a.m. NBC/TSN

Game 6 - Monday, May 5th vs. Detroit*
      8:00 p.m. VERSUS/TSN/Altitude 
Tickets

Game 7 - Wednesday, May 7th @ Detroit*
     TBD; TSN/Altitude

*if necessary

 

The National Hockey League today announced the dates, starting times and national broadcast coverage for the 2008 Stanley Cup Playoff Conference Semifinal round, which begins Thursday, April 24 when the Montreal Canadiens host the Philadelphia Flyers and the Detroit Red Wings host the Colorado Avalanche.  On Friday, April 25 the Pittsburgh Penguins host the New York Rangers and the San Jose Sharks host the Dallas Stars.  NBC and VERSUS will provide national television coverage in the United States, and CBC, TSN and RDS will televise nationally in Canada. NHL Radio on Westwood One will distribute live coverage of the Conference Semifinal series to radio stations across North America.  Every playoff game also can be heard on XM Satellite Radio.

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By virtue of San Jose’s 5-3 victory over Calgary Tuesday night in Game 7 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals, the Colorado Avalanche will face the Detroit Red Wings in the second round of the 2008 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The Avalanche and Red Wings will be meeting in the playoffs for the sixth time since the Avs moved to Denver in 1995-96. Since that time, only Dallas and Edmonton (also six times) have faced each other as often in the postseason.

The Wings now become the most common playoff opponent for the Avalanche/Nordiques, surpassing the five series that Quebec and Montreal played prior to the franchise’s move to Denver.

Colorado vs. Detroit Series Breakdown

How it happened: San Jose defeated Calgary in Game 7 Tuesday
Seedings: #1 Detroit will face #6 Colorado, while #2 San Jose takes on #5 Dallas.
Season Series: The Red Wings won all four regular-season matchups with the Avalanche. It marked only the second time that the Wings have swept a season series from the Avs (2005-06 was the other).
Playoff History: The Avs and Red Wings have previously met five times in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, with Colorado winning three of those matchups.
Last Time Out: Colorado and Detroit last met in the 2002 Western Conference Finals, with the Red Wings winning the series 4-3.
Players to Watch: Adam Foote and Joe Sakic have each appeared in 30 career playoff games against Detroit, while Peter Forsberg has skated in 29…Nicklas Lidstrom and Darren McCarty have also skated in 30 postseason games versus Colorado, while Kris Draper and Chris Chelios have participated in 29 (although 11 of Chelios' 29 games came as a Chicago Blackhawk)…Forsberg is averaging nearly a point-per-game against Detroit in the playoffs with 28 points (12g/16a) in 29 games, while Sakic has 25 points (12g/13a) in 30 contests.
Notes: These two teams have combined to win five Stanley Cup titles over the past 12 years, with the Avalanche claiming Lord Stanley in 1996 and 2001 and the Wings taking it home in 1997, '98 and 2002…The Avs are 17-13 in playoff games versus the Wings, 9-6 at home and 8-7 at Joe Louis Arena.

            Avalanche vs. Red Wings in Stanley Cup Playoffs
1996 - WCF - Colorado won best-of-seven series 4-2
1997 - WCF - Detroit won best-of-seven series 4-2
1999 - CSF - Colorado won best-of-seven series 4-2
2000 - CSF - Colorado won best-of-seven series 4-1
2002 - WCF - Detroit won best-of-seven series 4-3
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