Avs head to Motown to face Wings
Monday, 11.07.2011 / 9:03 PM
NHL.comAVALANCHE (7-6-1) AT RED WINGS (6-5-1)
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: Colorado 4-5-1, Detroit 4-5-1.
–The Red Wings spoiled Colorado's home opener on Oct. 8 with a 3-0 shutout in the lone meeting between these Western Conference rivals this season. They will play against each other three more times this season, including Tuesday's showdown.
– The Red Wings just snapped a six-game losing streak on Saturday night and are desperate to build on that win, but so far this season Colorado has been hot on the road going 6-1-1 which could prove difficult for the Red Wings to overcome.
– While Colorado has found significant success on the road, they remain in the middle of the pack in the standings thanks to their difficulty to win at home. They have won just a single game at the Pepsi Center so far this season with a record of 1-5-0, including a 2-1 loss to the Calgary Flames on Sunday night.
Although the Avalanche outshot the Flames 33-23, they struggled to produce offensively and went 0-3 on the man advantage despite boasting the top power-play unit in the league at this point of the season with a success rate of 26.7 percent.
With an eight-game homestand looming in Colorado's schedule this month, the Avalanche will need to solve their home-game struggles in a hurry.
Colorado started Sunday's game off right with a goal from Paul Stastny just 34 seconds into the third period but things dwindled from there.
"We had more scoring chances than they did, but for whatever reason we can't seem to put that puck in the net," defenseman Shane O'Brien told the Denver Post.
– The Red Wings seemed to unleash six-games worth of pent-up frustration as they ratcheted five goals against the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday night. The victory, Detroit's first in seven games, came as a huge relief to the Detroit faithful.
Lidstrom tallied two goals and an assist to fuel the victory.
"I thought we had great effort for 60-minutes," Lidstrom said. "I thought we stuck with it, even after the first period when we were up 1-0. We told ourselves that we had to stick with the game plan, and keep shooting the puck and keep spending time in their zone, and I thought we were able to do that tonight."
Despite its recent slump, Detroit still sits in third place in the Central Division – the only division in the league where the top team and bottom team are separated by a high of 14 points.
– Last season's Norris Trophy winner is at it again as Lidstrom boasts a league-best five goals for defensemen and he is tied for a team-high 10 points (five goals, five assists) so far… Paul Stastny has two goals in his last two games and a total of nine points (four goals, five assists).
– The Avalanche are without center Peter Mueller, who has been sidelined since Oct. 12 with a head injury while forward Brandon Yip (broken forearm) is still on IR. … Patrick Eaves
missed the last two game with a sore back and is questionable for Tuesday.
– Colorado and Detroit have met 53 times at the Joe Louis Arena in the regular season. Detroit has had a slight edge in those meetings winning 31 times with Colorado winning 20 times and they tied just one time. The Red Wings have outscored the Avalanche 185-152 in those 53 games.
– "Now we've won one game. So what are we? Bottom line is we got a lot of work to do. I like the way we played the last game, played hard… We were fortunate in (Colorado's) building early this year. In saying all that, they've played well. Their power play is deadly on the road. We're going to have to stay out of the box. They've been very good against us. So we know we're going to have our hands full and they need to win and we need to win." -- Detroit coach Mike Babcock