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POSTED ON Sunday, 12.21.2014 / 5:00 PM ET

Jonas Gustavsson Stephen Weiss Joakim Andersson
Jonas Gustavsson
(Shoulder)
Stephen Weiss
(Shoulder)
Joakim Andersson
(Healthy Scratch)
Brian Lashoff Jimmy Howard
Brian Lashoff
(Healthy Scratch)
Jimmy Howard
(Lower-body Injury)

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POSTED ON Sunday, 12.21.2014 / 4:00 PM ET


LEFT WING CENTER RIGHT WING
Henrik Zetterberg Pavel Datsyuk Justin Abdelkader
Tomas Tatar Riley Sheahan Tomas Jurco
Gustav Nyquist Darren Helm Johan Franzen
Daniel Cleary Luke Glendening Drew Miller

LEFT DEFENSE RIGHT DEFENSE
Niklas Kronwall Jonathan Ericsson
Kyle Quincey Danny DeKeyser
Brendan Smith Jakub Kindl

GOALTENDER
Petr Mrazek

Detroit Red Wings Depth Chart presented by Flagstar Bank

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POSTED ON Sunday, 12.21.2014 / 3:00 PM ET

Comerica Bank Game Day Preview - Colorado
Colorado Avalanche vs. Detroit Red Wings

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POSTED ON Sunday, 12.21.2014 / 2:00 PM ET

Buffalo Wild Wings Hot Wings

(Photo by Dave Reginek/Detroit Red Wings)



Henrik Zetterberg scored Detroit's lone goal Friday night against the Islanders which was his first in ten games. Although Hank hasn't been finding the back of the net, he's been playing 'set-up man' for the Wings this year, recording a team leading 21 assists. Zetterberg will need to bring his A-game tonight when the Avalanche come to town and get pucks to the net to help break their recent skid.


He's Detroit's 'Hot Wing' by Buffalo Wild Wings!

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POSTED ON Sunday, 12.21.2014 / 1:00 PM ET

Score - Red Wings have just 5 goals in their last 5 games. Need traffic in front of the net. Also hit the net with shots. Force the Av's goalie to make saves.

Skate and keep pace - The Av's are a quick team so are the Red Wings. The track will be fast tonight. Play at a high tempo.

Win the goaltending battle - With Howard out, Petr Mrazek needs to outperform his competitor on the other end of the ice. Mrazek played well in the last game vs NYI. He'll need to do it again tonight.

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POSTED ON Sunday, 12.21.2014 / 11:00 AM ET

(Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)





On December 21, 1964

Former Red Wings tough guy
Joe Kocur born on this date in
Calgary, Alberta.

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POSTED ON Sunday, 12.21.2014 / 10:15 AM ET

(Photo by Dave Reginek/Detroit Red Wings)

The Red Wings will look to put an end to their recent five game skid (0-3-2) when the Colorado Avalanche come into town. Detroit dropped their previous game against the Islanders, where goaltender Jimmy Howard left the game due to an lower-body injury. Petr Mrazek replaced Howard and will likely get his fourth start of the season tonight against the Avalanche.

"You have to be ready all the time and that’s how the second goalie is,” Mrazek said. “They told me I was going in, so I just stretch out and get ready.”

The Avalanche are giving up 3.06 GA per game, so the Red Wings will look to get their offense back on track tonight by firing a lot of shots on net. "We didn’t throw enough pucks in there. We’ve had that problem now for two games," said defenseman Niklas Kronwall. "We got to get back to doing what we did before. Throw more pucks in there, play a little more desperate and get back to our winning ways.” Last season Colorado and Detroit split their two games with the road team winning each time, with the Mule and Datsyuk each scoring twice in their 4-2 victory at the Pepsi Center.

Welcome to the Detroit Red Wings Game Day Blog, where you can get behind-the-scenes information, thoughts from players and staff, and up-to-date news on anything and everything Red Wings on game day.

You can watch today's 6:00 PM matchup on Fox Sports Detroit, or listen in with Ken Kal and Paul Woods on 97.1 The Ticket.

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POSTED ON Friday, 12.19.2014 / 11:30 PM ET





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POSTED ON Friday, 12.19.2014 / 10:30 PM ET


Tonight's Stars of the Game Powered by Ram Trucks are...

1. Brock Nelson (1 Goal, 1 Assist)

2.
Petr Mrazek (22 Saves)

3. Anders Lee (
1 Goal, 1 Assist)

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POSTED ON Friday, 12.19.2014 / 10:20 PM ET

(Photo by Dan Mannes/Detroit Red Wings)


Petr Mrazek came in for an injured Jimmy Howard and was stellar, but the Red Wings fell to the Islanders, 2-1.

Thanks for tuning into our Gameday Blog...tune in Sunday when we host the Avs!

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