|7||DETROIT||-110||Ov 5.5,+115||-110||Ov 5.5,+120|
|8||COLORADO||-110||Un 5.5,-135||-110||Un 5.5,-140|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||8-10-0||+0.2||8-10||+0.2||9-6||2.3||30.0||2.7||29.4|
|Last 5 Games||2-3-0||-1||2-3||-1||2-2||1.8||30.4||3.4||28.6|
|Team Stats (All Games)||37||96||26||34||33||3||4||1092||8.8%||143||26||18.2%||163|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||18||42||14||10||15||3||2||540||7.8%||66||9||13.6%||70|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||9||3||3||3||0||0||152||5.9%||16||5||31.2%||17|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||98||30||33||30||5||4||1055||9.3%||130||27||20.8%||153|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||48||15||16||15||2||1||529||9.1%||65||15||23.1%||81|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||17||6||5||6||0||1||143||11.9%||10||2||20.0%||23|
|JONAS GUSTAVSSON (All Games)||7||4||141||124||87.9%||1||2-2||+0.6||2-2-0||+1||1-2|
|JONAS GUSTAVSSON (Road Games)||6||4||129||115||89.1%||1||2-2||+0.6||2-2-0||+1||1-2|
|JONAS GUSTAVSSON (Last 4 Games)||4||3||89||76||85.4%||1||1-2||-1||1-2-0||-1||1-1|
|JIMMY HOWARD (All Games)||31||31||861||788||91.5%||3||15-16||-2.9||15-16-0||-2||14-14|
|JIMMY HOWARD (Road Games)||12||12||348||319||91.7%||1||5-7||-1||5-7-0||0||7-4|
|JIMMY HOWARD (Last 4 Games)||4||4||99||88||88.9%||1||1-3||-2.3||1-3-0||-2||2-2|
|PETR MRAZEK (All Games)||2||2||51||47||92.2%||0||1-1||+0.7||1-1-0||+1||1-0|
|PETR MRAZEK (Road Games)||2||2||51||47||92.2%||0||1-1||+0.7||1-1-0||+1||1-0|
|PETR MRAZEK (Last 4 Games)||2||2||51||47||92.2%||0||1-1||+0.7||1-1-0||+1||1-0|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||10-7-0||+2.4||10-7||+2.4||6-8||2.8||31.4||2.6||30.4|
|Last 5 Games||1-4-0||-3.2||1-4||-3.2||1-3||1.6||27.4||2.8||27.8|
|Team Stats (All Games)||36||87||20||34||29||4||3||1062||8.2%||105||16||15.2%||151|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||17||48||10||21||14||3||1||534||9.0%||52||7||13.5%||83|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||8||0||2||5||1||0||137||5.8%||13||2||15.4%||14|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||114||41||42||27||4||7||1138||10.0%||138||28||20.3%||195|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||45||23||14||7||1||0||516||8.7%||69||6||8.7%||78|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||14||4||4||6||0||3||139||10.1%||14||3||21.4%||23|
|JEAN-SEBASTIEN GIGUERE (All Games)||10||7||250||228||91.2%||0||2-5||-2.2||2-5-0||-2||4-3|
|JEAN-SEBASTIEN GIGUERE (Home Games)||2||2||44||37||84.1%||0||0-2||-2.1||0-2-0||-2||1-1|
|JEAN-SEBASTIEN GIGUERE (Last 4 Games)||4||2||90||84||93.3%||0||0-2||-2||0-2-0||-2||0-2|
|SEMYON VARLAMOV (All Games)||30||29||882||797||90.4%||4||10-19||-10.2||10-19-0||-10||10-14|
|SEMYON VARLAMOV (Home Games)||16||15||472||434||91.9%||3||10-5||+4.4||10-5-0||+5||5-7|
|SEMYON VARLAMOV (Last 4 Games)||4||4||92||83||90.2%||1||1-3||-2.2||1-3-0||-2||1-2|
|Average power rating of opponents played: DETROIT 3.27, COLORADO 3.21|
|3/9/2013||at COLUMBUS||0-3||L||0, -125||L||5.5 un||U|
|3/10/2013||COLUMBUS||2-3||L||0, -185||L||5 ov||P|
|3/13/2013||at CALGARY||2-5||L||0, -110||L||5 ov||O|
|3/15/2013||at EDMONTON||3-2||W||0, -120||W||5 ov||P|
|3/16/2013||at VANCOUVER||5-2||W||0, +160||W||5 ov||O|
|3/20/2013||MINNESOTA||2-4||L||0, -135||L||5 ev||O|
|3/22/2013||at ANAHEIM||5-1||W||0, +155||W||5 ov||O|
|3/24/2013||at ANAHEIM||2-1||W||0, +130||W||5.5 un||U|
|3/25/2013||at PHOENIX||3-2||W||0, +130||W||5 ov||P|
|3/28/2013||at SAN JOSE||0-2||L||0, -105||L||5 ov||U|
|3/31/2013||CHICAGO||1-7||L||0, -115||L||5 ov||O|
|4/1/2013||COLORADO||3-2||W||0, -170||W||5.5 un||U|
|4/4/2013||at PHOENIX||2-4||L||0, -110||L||5 ov||O|
|4/5/2013||at COLORADO|| |
|4/7/2013||ST LOUIS|| |
|4/11/2013||SAN JOSE|| |
|4/12/2013||at CHICAGO|| |
|4/14/2013||at NASHVILLE|| |
|3/10/2013||SAN JOSE||3-2||W||0, -130||W||5 ov||P|
|3/12/2013||EDMONTON||0-4||L||0, -150||L||5.5 un||U|
|3/14/2013||at MINNESOTA||3-5||L||0, +130||L||5 ev||O|
|3/16/2013||MINNESOTA||4-6||L||0, -110||L||5 ov||O|
|3/18/2013||CHICAGO||2-5||L||0, +140||L||5.5 un||O|
|3/20/2013||DALLAS||4-3||W||0, -120||W||5.5 un||O|
|3/23/2013||at DALLAS||2-5||L||0, +130||L||5.5 un||O|
|3/24/2013||VANCOUVER||2-3||L||0, +115||L||5.5 un||U|
|3/27/2013||at CALGARY||3-4||L||0, -115||L||5.5 un||O|
|3/28/2013||at VANCOUVER||1-4||L||0, +195||L||5 ov||P|
|3/30/2013||NASHVILLE||1-0||W||0, -120||W||5 ov||U|
|4/1/2013||at DETROIT||2-3||L||0, +150||L||5.5 un||U|
|4/2/2013||at NASHVILLE||1-3||L||0, +150||L||5 ov||U|
|4/6/2013||at PHOENIX|| |
|4/10/2013||at ANAHEIM|| |
|4/11/2013||at LOS ANGELES|| |
LAST SEASON: 48-28-6, 102 points. Lost to Nashville 4-1 in first round.
COACH: Mike Babcock, 8th season with Red Wings, 352-154-68; 10th overall, 421-216-19 in NHL.
ADDED: RW Damien Brunner, RW Mikael Samuelsson, RW Jordin Tootoo, G Jonas Gustavsson, D Carlo Colaiacovo.
LOST: D Nicklas Lidstrom, D Brad Stuart, LW Jiri Hudler, LW Tomas Holmstrom.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Brunner. The 26-year-old rookie led the Swiss league with 60 points last season. He might get a lot of chances to produce on a line with Henrik Zetterberg, a teammate overseas during the lockout, and Pavel Datsyuk.
OUTLOOK: Without Lidstrom and Stuart on the blue line, extending the franchise's postseason streak to 22 will be quite a challenge. The Red Wings, though, have a shot to be better offensively and in net with a series of subtle moves after failing to make a splash in the summer when free agents Zach Parise and Ryan Suter turned down their offers to play together in Minnesota.
LAST SEASON: 41-35-6, 88 points. Missed postseason.
COACH: Joe Sacco, 4th season with Avalanche, 114-109-23.
ADDED: RW P.A. Parenteau, C John Mitchell, D Greg Zanon
LOST: C Peter Mueller, C Jay McClement, C Joakim Lindstrom.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Gabriel Landeskog. The Avalanche believe so highly in the 20-year-old that they made him the youngest captain in NHL history. Landeskog is coming off a stellar season in which he won the Calder Trophy as the league's top rookie.
OUTLOOK: The Avs will have plenty of scoring punch - even more if they can sign restricted free-agent center Ryan O'Reilly - but to return to the playoffs for the first time in three seasons will largely depend on the play of goaltender Semyon Varlamov. He had a 2.59 goals-against average in his first season in Colorado after being acquired from Washington for a first-round pick. The Avs expect big things out of the young netminder.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (DETROIT-COLORADO) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Red Wings-Avalanche Preview* =============================
Detroit (18-14-5) at Colorado (12-20-4), 9:00 p.m. EDT
The Detroit Red Wings' quest for a 22nd straight playoff berth appears to be going down to the wire.
The visiting Red Wings know they probably can't afford to lose to the NHL's worst team Friday night when they try to complete their first season sweep of the Colorado Avalanche in five years.
Detroit (18-14-5) is in seventh place in the crowded Western Conference. Eighth-place St. Louis has 40 points and four other clubs have either 39 or 38.
The Red Wings could have distanced themselves from one of those teams, but fell 4-2 at Phoenix on Thursday. Detroit has dropped three of four since winning five of six.
"It's a huge game for us tomorrow in light of what we did tonight, so we've got to respond," coach Mike Babcock said Thursday.
The lone victory in the Red Wings' last four games was a 3-2 win over Colorado (12-20-4) on Monday, although the lowly Avalanche nearly rallied from a three-goal deficit in the third period.
Detroit also beat Colorado 2-1 at home March 5. The Red Wings last swept the Avalanche when they won all four 2007-08 meetings.
Valtteri Filppula and Daniel Cleary scored power-play goals against the Coyotes in the first and third periods, respectively. But it was the second period in which Detroit was outscored 3-0 and outshot 20-5 that proved decisive.
"We didn't win a lot of faceoffs in the second period," Babcock said. "They had the puck a lot."
Henrik Zetterberg returned Thursday for Detroit after missing two games with a groin injury. Detroit remained without center Damien Brunner, right wing Mikael Samuelsson and defenseman Kyle Quincey.
"We see the standings, too. We know what's going on," Zetterberg said. "We've got 11 (games) left and have to take as many points as possible."
Quincey, however, could return Friday after missing nine games with a fractured cheekbone. It would mark his first game in Denver since he was traded to Detroit by the Avalanche as part of a three-team deal Feb. 21, 2012.
Colorado coach Joe Sacco started Semyon Varlamov before replacing him with Jean-Sebastien Giguere after the third goal Monday in Detroit, and it's unclear who will start Friday.
Giguere got the nod Tuesday and matched a season high with 35 saves in a 3-1 loss at Nashville.
"Giguere played one heck of a game for us, and that was definitely not the way to repay him, that's for sure," said Matt Duchene, who scored for the third time in four games and leads Colorado with 15 goals.
P.A. Parenteau is the other major threat with 14 goals and 36 points - eight over his last seven games.
The Avalanche will play for the first time since dealing Ryan O'Byrne to Toronto on Wednesday. O'Byrne had a goal and three assists in 34 games.
Jimmy Howard has started the last four games for Detroit.
|Last Updated: 12/21/2014 4:52:00 PM EST|