Game Preview: Avalanche at Red Wings
COLORADO AVALANCHE (37-22-6) VS DETROIT RED WINGS (40-18-8)
11 AM MT | LITTLE CAESARS ARENA
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The Colorado Avalanche will look to complete their four-game road trip (3-0-0) on a high note Saturday morning when they take on the Detroit Red Wings. The Avs defeated the Red Wings 6-3 when the two teams faced off earlier this season at Ball Arena on January 16.
LAST TIME OUT
The Avalanche won their fourth-straight game Thursday night, besting the Ottawa Senators 5-4. Forwards Lars Eller and Evan Rodrigues, Valeri Nichushkin and Mikko Rantanen and defenseman Cale Makar all found the back of the net. Goalie Jonas Johansson turned away 32 of the 36 shots he faced in his first start of the season.
The Red Wings last played on Tuesday, losing to the Nashville Predators 2-1. Forward Alex Chiasson scored the team’s lone goal. Goaltender Ville Husso stopped 14 of the 16 shots he faced.
The Avs are now 59-61-10 all-time against the Red Wings.
Center Darren Helm played his entire career with the Detroit Red Wings before being acquired by the Avalanche at last year’s trade deadline and played a vital role in helping the team hoist the Stanley Cup this past season. In 744 games with Detroit Helm scored 112 goals and tallied 139 assists.
SCOUTING THE RED WINGS
Center Dylan Larkin leads Detroit in both goals (25) and assists (39) in 66 games played. Forward David Perron is second on the team in points with 41 (16g/25a) in 67 appearances.
Pavel Francouz Lower body
Darren Helm Lower body
Erik Johnson Lower body
Gabriel Landeskog Lower body
Artturi Lehkonen Upper body
Josh Manson Lower body
Ben Chiarot Unknown
Robby Fabbri Lower body
Mark Pysyk Lower body
Michael Rasmussen Lower body
DOING THE MOST
Center Nathan MacKinnon (12g/9a) is now tied with Gabriel Landeskog (8g/13a) as the team’s active leader in points against Detroit.
BEHIND ENEMY LINES
Center Dylan Larkin remains the Red Wings’ leader in career points against the Avalanche with 11 (2g/9a) in 13 contests.
STATS FOR KEEPS
Name | GP | GS | Record (W-L-OT) | GAA
Pavel Francouz | 15 | 15 | 7-7-1 | 2.53
Alexandar Georgiev | 49 | 49 | 30-14-5 | 2.61
Jonas Johansson | 1 | 0 | 0-0-0 | 0.00
Keith Kincaid | 1 | 0 | 0-0-0 | 2.15
Magnus Hellberg | 12 | 10 | 3-7-1 | 3.11
Ville Husso | 49 | 49 | 25-17-6 | 2.92
With a goal and two assists Thursday night, Mikko Rantanen now has 490 career points, taking sole possession of ninth place in franchise history in career points, passing Alex Tanguay.
Defenseman Devon Toews skated in his 300th career game Thursday evening.
Rantanen’s goal was his 45th of the season and the most by a Finnish player in a season since Teemu Selanne finished with 48 during the 2006-07 campaign.
QUOTE(S) THAT LEFT A MARK
“[Colorado G Jonas Johansson] made the saves when he needed to and that’s all on you can ask from a goalie.” – Evan Rodrigues on Jonas Johansson’s performance Thursday