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At a glance: Colorado Avalanche

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Monday, 04.1.2013 / 1:47 PM ET / Preview
By Bill Roose  - Managing Editor | DetroitRedWings.com
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At a glance: Colorado Avalanche

Jimmy Howard made this save on Colorado's John Mitchell, which protected the Red Wings' 2-0 lead early in the third period on March 5. (Photo by Dave Reginek)

DETROIT – The Red Wings and Avalanche are meeting up for the second time this season and the second and final time at Joe Louis Arena. The Western Conference rivals will finish off the season series this Friday in Denver.

The Red Wings won the first matchup 2-1 on March 5 at The Joe. The two teams split the four meeting series last season, with the Avalanche winning the last two matchups.

Currently seated in last-place in the conference, the Avs have dropped eight of their last 10 games. However, Red Wings coach Mike Babcock isn’t prepared to let his guard down against a struggling opponent.

“I like their team, I think I said that the last time they were in here I thought they were just getting ready to take off,” Babcock said. “They just got (Ryan) O’Reilly back and it looked like they had three centers and were really going to get rolling. I like the look of their group. Their back end, (Ryan) Wilson’s still not back, but (Erik) Johnson is and they have centers. They look like a team that’s going in the right direction.”

Besides Wilson (ankle), the Avs won’t have center Paul Stastny (foot) and right wings Milan Hejduk (shoulder) and David Jones (knee) available on Monday.

The Avs are playing back-to-back games for the sixth time this season, as they travel to Nashville for a game there on Tuesday. Colorado is 0-5-0 in the first game of a back-to-back this year and 1-3-1 in the second.

Tyson Barrie
Defense - COL
GOALS: 2 | ASST: 6 | PTS: 8
SOG: 28 | +/-: -3
PLAYER TO WATCH

D TYSON BARRIE – The 21-year-old from Victoria, B.C., became the first rookie defenseman in Avalanche history to score an overtime goal. The rookie blue-liner scored 50 seconds into overtime to give the Avalanche a 1-0 victory over the Predators on Saturday. Barrie is the second rookie defenseman in league history to score an OT winner in a 1-0 regular season game. Nashville's Cody Franson accomplished the feat on March 20, 2010 vs. Columbus. Since being recalled from AHL’s Lake Erie on March 24, to replace Wilson in the lineup, Barrie has two points in three games.

NUMEROLOGY

Season Series: 1-0-0

2011-12 Season Series: 2-2-0

All-Time Series Season: 60-41-5-5

Colorado’s Season Record: 12-18-4

Top Scorer vs. Red Wings: Gabriel Landeskog – 3 Goals, 2 Assists in 5 Games; Ryan O’Reilly – 2 Goals, 3 Assists in 5 Games.

Red Wings’ Top Scorer –Johan Franzen – 6 Goals, 0 Assists in 5 Games.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
T. Tatar 5 0 3 1 3
M. Green 5 1 1 -1 2
A. Athanasiou 5 1 0 1 1
G. Nyquist 5 1 0 2 1
H. Zetterberg 5 1 0 3 1
J. Abdelkader 5 1 0 -3 1
B. Richards 5 1 0 -4 1
D. Helm 5 1 0 -1 1
D. Larkin 5 1 0 -2 1
N. Kronwall 5 0 1 3 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 1 2 0 .945 1.36
J. Howard 0 2 0 .891 3.59