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Preview: Avalanche at Red Wings

Colorado has won three of five, defeated Detroit on Wednesday

by Dave Hogg / NHL.com Correspondent

AVALANCHE (20-46-3) at RED WINGS (27-31-11)

1 p.m. ET; FSD, ALT, NHL.TV

 

Avalanche team scope

The Colorado Avalanche visit Joe Louis Arena for the final time. The teams played at Colorado on Wednesday, when the Avalanche scored twice in the third period for a 3-1 win. The Avalanche are 3-2-0 in their past five games but have the worst record in the NHL, 18 points behind the Arizona Coyotes. "I like some of the things we're doing," coach Jared Bednar said. "I don't like our starts right now, to be honest, but we're playing with more energy and passion." Defenseman Anton Lindholm played 14:22 in his NHL debut and is expected to be in the lineup again.

 

Red Wings team scope

The Detroit Red Wings return home after splitting a two-game back-to-back road trip that ended with a 5-4 shootout win against the Coyotes on Thursday. The Red Wings are 8-0 in the shootout, 19-31-11 in games decided before then. "It was nice to get two points, especially the way we did it," captain Henrik Zetterberg said. "We talked about needing to [get] the momentum back, and we did. We deserved those two points."

 

Avalanche projected lineup

Sven Andrighetto -- Nathan MacKinnon -- Mikko Rantanen

Gabriel Landeskog -- Matt Duchene -- Rene Bourque

John Mitchell -- J.T. Compher -- Blake Comeau

Mikhail Grigorenko -- Carl Soderberg -- Joe Colborne

Mark Barberio -- Erik Johnson

Fedor Tyutin -- Tyson Barrie

Francois Beauchemin -- Anton Lindholm

Calvin Pickard

Jeremy Smith

Scratched: Cody Goloubef, Patrick Wiercioch

Injured: Matt Nieto (knee)

 

Red Wings projected lineup

Tomas Tatar -- Henrik Zetterberg -- Gustav Nyquist

Andreas Athanasiou -- Dylan Larkin -- Justin Abdelkader

Anthony Mantha -- Frans Nielsen -- Darren Helm

Mitch Callahan -- Riley Sheahan -- Drew Miller

Danny DeKeyser -- Nick Jensen

Mike Green -- Niklas Kronwall

Robbie Russo -- Xavier Ouellet

Petr Mrazek

Jimmy Howard

Scratched: Luke Glendening

Injured: Jonathan Ericsson (wrist), Ryan Sproul (knee)

 

Status report

Bednar juggled his defense pairs during the win against Detroit, using Lindholm and Tyutin together for several shifts, with Barrie switching to play with Beauchemin. … After scratching Mantha for two games last week, he played against Colorado and Arizona but got two shifts in the third period against the Coyotes. The Red Wings recalled defenseman Brian Lashoff for possible emergency duty against the Coyotes but didn't end up needing him. He returned to Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League after the game.

 

Who's hot

Pickard has a .939 save percentage in his past five starts (3-2-0). … Zetterberg has 16 points (two goals, 14 assists) in his past 12 games.

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