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Preview: Statue Of Liberty | Detroit Red Wings at Colorado Avalanche

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The Detroit Red Wings are heading back to the stomping grounds of their former rivals, the Colorado Avalanche, at 9:00 p.m. EDT.

The Red Wings are currently riding a streak, which shall not be named, into Colorado to face the undefeated Avalanche. If Detroit wants to keep their streak going they will have to continue to play the way that they have over the past three games; they hustled to the puck and played smart hockey on both ends of the ice.

The young Colorado team has gelled well under new Head Coach Patrick Roy or as most Red Wing fans know him, the goalie that got run out of Montreal by the Red Wings, along with being beat up by both Mike Vernon and Chris Osgood. On the ice, Matt Duchene and Semyon Varlamov have been the stars of the team so far, but even the new comer, Nathan MacKinnon, has proved he belongs in the NHL and is tied for the Avalanche’s lead in points.

Projected Line-up

Forwards

Henrik Zetterberg – Pavel Datsyuk – Todd Bertuzzi

Johan Franzen – Stephen Weiss – Justin Abdelkader

Daniel Cleary – Joakim Andersson – Daniel Alfredsson

Drew Miller – Luke Glendening – Jordin Tootoo

Defensemen

Niklas Kronwall – Jonathan Ericsson

Kyle Quincey – Danny DeKeyser

Brian Lashoff  Jakub Kindl

Goaltender

Jonas Gustavsson

Jimmy Howard might reclaim his spot in net tonight, but if he is not ready to go Jonas Gustavsson will be called upon again to play in net.

Back during Training Camp, I made the call that Gustavsson would be ready this season to take over the back-up role and be solid in net and I am glad he is proving me right as of now.

Now that Daniel Alfredsson has tallied his first goal as a Red Wing, I expect many more to come for him and his shot could be the one that beats the steady Varlamov tonight.

The Wings might have finally turned the corner with their special teams play because both their power play percentage and penalty kill percentage are up from the last three seasons.

The reason behind this could be the steady play on defense on the penalty kill and the offense generated but the defense on the power play.

Jordin Tootoo had his best game of the season against the Blue Jackets and the Red Wings will have to make a decision on whether they will use his play to trade him or as a reason to keep him and trade/waive someone else.

Once again the new defensive pairing stepped up big for the Red Wings and until one of them makes a severe mistake, Brendan Smith will continue to sit in the press box.

Prediction: This is going to be another very close game because Varlamov and Giguere have been great in net to start the season, but the Red Wings have been able to beat good goalies this season. Red Wings victory 1-0.

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