Avalanche-Red Wings Preview
Playing in Detroit hasn’t proved easy for most opposing teams
for the last two decades. The Colorado Avalanche, though, have come
away with wins from most of their recent trips to Joe Louis
While looking to add to that success, the Avalanche will also
try to spoil the Red Wings’ perfect start to their longest
homestand of the season Saturday night.
The Red Wings (10-3-1) have registered 507 wins in 778 home
games since the start of 1990-91 season. The Avalanche, though,
have won four of five in Detroit, and they’re one of two teams to
earn a victory there this season.
Colorado rallied from a two-goal deficit Oct. 12 and sealed a
5-4 win after Brandon Yip scored in the sixth round of the
shootout. The Avalanche have earned three of their last four wins
in Detroit via shootouts.
Colorado (8-6-1) enters this matchup after one of its best road
performances of the season, a 5-1 win over Columbus on Friday. In
his return from a hand injury, David Jones had two goals and an
assist to help the Avalanche improve to 5-2-1 away from home.
“It’s a nice way to get yourself back in the lineup,” coach Joe
Sacco said. ”I thought Jonesey played well tonight. He played
hard. He was physical on the puck. As a result he got rewarded for
it with a couple of goals.”
The Red Wings, 6-1-1 at home, are coming off their best scoring
performance of the season, a 6-2 victory over Edmonton on
Dan Cleary scored twice en route to a 5-0 lead, and Tomas
Holmstrom added his second goal late in the final period to help
Detroit improve to 2-0-0 on its six-game homestand.
“This is an absolute legit contender for the Stanley Cup,”
Edmonton coach Tom Renney said of the Red Wings. “They’ve got
eight, nine or 10 plus players on their team.”
Jimmy Howard could be considered one of those players. Since
losing to Colorado last month, he’s 4-0-0 with a 2.49 goals-against
average at home, and 8-1-1 with a 2.26 GAA and one shutout overall
Howard’s counterpart, Peter Budaj, has performed admirably for
Colorado with Craig Anderson (knee) on injured reserve. Since
Anderson went down late last month, Budaj is 3-2-1 with a 2.69 GAA
and one shutout.
He’s also earned consecutive shootout wins over Detroit after
losing four of six previous matchups.
After getting Jones back, the shorthanded Avalanche could see
the return of captain Adam Foote from a head injury Saturday.
“We definitely miss his leadership in the locker room and out on
the ice,” Yip told the team’s official website. “He’s always
working hard and doing the right things, so hopefully we can have
him back as soon as possible because he’s the backbone of our
Despite Colorado’s recent success at Joe Louis, it has only
managed a split in the last six overall meetings.