Oct 17, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Detroit Red Wings defenseman Jonathan Ericsson (52) defends a shot on goal attempt by Colorado Avalanche center Paul Stastny (26) in the first period at Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Lidstrom Night | Detroit Red Wings Vs Colorado Avalanche Game Preview

The Detroit Red Wings take on the Colorado Avalanche tonight at 8:00 p.m. EST, but the real show begins at 6:30 p.m. EST when Nicklas Lidstrom‘s number is rises to the rafters.

The Red Wings are coming off of a tough loss the Devils on Tuesday and a big trade deadline move for David Legwand, but they were not able to bolster their defense.

The Avalanche have a record of 3-1-0 since the end of the Olympic break and traded to bring in a back-up goaltender. Nathan MacKinnon is on a twelve game hot streak and if he picks up a point against Detroit he will break Gretzky’s record and that cannot be allowed.

Projected Line-up

Forwards

Johan Franzen – David Legwand – Gustav Nyquist

Justin Abdelkader – Joakim Andersson – Daniel Alfredsson

Tomas Jurco – Riley Sheahan – Tomas Tatar

Drew Miller – Luke Glendening – Todd Bertuzzi

Defensemen

Niklas Kronwall – Jonathan Ericsson

Kyle Quincey – Danny DeKeyser

Brendan Smith – Brian Lashoff

Goaltender

Jimmy Howard

  • The Red Wings have a 80-63-5 overall record against the Avalanche and sport a solid home winning percentage of 59.6%.
  • Since 2010, the Red Wings are 10-6-0-0 against the Avalanche and tonight will be the second and last meeting between these teams this season.
  • The Red Wings beat the Avalanche earlier this season four to two.
  • Pavel Datsyuk, Stephen Weiss, and Darren Helm are out of the line-up for the foreseeable future and there is a very real chance that they do not return before the playoffs begin.
  • Because of the gluttony of injures down the middle, the Red Wings made a trade for David Legwand.
  • Legwand will step in to the line-up tonight and center Johan Franzen and Gustav Nyquist on the top line.
  • Joakim Andersson will drop down to the 2nd/3rd line to center Daniel Alfredsson and Justin Abdelkader.
  • Todd Bertuzzi has two power play goals in his last two games and the Wings need him to do it again, tonight.
  • Don’t forget to check out the top five moments in Lidstrom’s career.

Prediction: Tonight is as much about Nicklas Lidstrom’s retirement ceremony as it is the Detroit Red Wings vs Colorado Avalanche and it would be nice if the Wings gave Lidstrom a victory on his special night.

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