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 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.
- 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.