Avalanche-Red Wings Preview
The Detroit Red Wings not only got throttled in their latest
game, but they’re also suddenly dealing with injuries to two
The statuses of captain Henrik Zetterberg and Mikael Samuelsson
are unknown for the Red Wings’ attempt to avoid a third straight
defeat Monday night against the Colorado Avalanche, losers in 11
straight on the road.
Detroit (17-13-5) returned home Sunday after a 3-1-0 road trip
that featured back-to-back victories over Pacific Division-leading
Anaheim, but endured a miserable 7-1 loss to rival Chicago.
“We didn’t play hockey (today) whatsoever. It’s tough when you
spot them a few goals right away from the start,” defenseman Niklas
Kronwall said. “You dig a big hole for yourselves and we couldn’t
find a way to get back. It was embarrassing at times.”
Even worse, the Red Wings scratched Zetterberg after warmups
because of a lower-body injury, and Samuelsson left with an
upper-body ailment after returning from a 19-game absence due to a
“(Injuries) shouldn’t have an effect. Those are excuses. We put
our uniform on today, and we didn’t compete hard enough,” coach
Mike Babcock said. “We let ourselves down.”
The Red Wings will try to bounce back against Colorado
(12-18-4), which is mired in one of the longest road losing streaks
in team history. The Avalanche, 0-8-3 in their last 11 road games,
lost a franchise-worst 18 straight away from home as the Quebec
Nordiques from Jan. 18-April 1, 1990.
Colorado is also 2-8-0 in its last 10 overall but snapped a
four-game skid with a 1-0 overtime victory over Nashville on
Saturday. Defenseman Tyson Barrie scored his second NHL goal 50
seconds into the extra period, and Semyon Varlamov stopped 34 shots
in his third shutout of the season.
“We know we’ve been sliding, but I thought we played pretty
good,” Barrie said. “We played pretty good in our (previous) game
in Vancouver, and we carried it over. … I thought we played
really well defensively and (Varlamov) was outstanding.”
The Avalanche lost this season’s only previous meeting with
Detroit 2-1 at Joe Louis Arena on March 5. Colorado has dropped
four of six in Detroit but won 4-3 there on Feb. 25, 2012.
“That’s a team that always competes hard, and we have to be
ready for them,” center Matt Duchene said.
The Avalanche likely will have to end their road woes without
Paul Stastny. The center is expected to be out for at least two
more games with a foot injury, and forward David Jones is
day-to-day with a knee injury.
P.A. Parenteau will try to help his potentially short-handed
team by extending his point streak to six games. The winger, who
has two goals and five assists during his run, has tallied a point
in each of his last three games against Detroit.
The Red Wings’ Johan Franzen has 12 goals and an assist in his
last 12 games versus Colorado. Franzen was back on the ice Sunday
after leaving Thursday’s 2-0 loss in San Jose with a lower-body
After getting pulled from Sunday’s game, Jimmy Howard is
expected to return to the net for Detroit. Howard had a 1.59
goals-against average in the 13 games before the loss to Chicago
and is 4-1-1 with a 2.31 GAA in six career home starts against