Red Wings’ Slump Reaches Six with Shootout Loss to Avalanche

The Detroit Red Wings lost their sixth consecutive game on Sunday night, a 2-1 shootout decision to the Colorado Avalanche.

It was the fourth loss of the sixth to come in the tiebreaker.

Petr Mrazek took the loss for the Red Wings, making the start in goal in place of the injured Jimmy Howard. Mrazek stopped 22 of the 23 shots he faced and six of nine shootout attempts.

Nathan MacKinnon and Matt Duchene beat Mrazek to start the shootout, then Mrazek made six straight stops before Jarome Iginla scored what would be the game-winner.

Avalanche netminder Calvin Pickard stopped Pavel Datsyuk before Gustav Nyquist and Tomas Tatar scored to force sudden death rounds. Pickard wouldn’t allow a goal the rest of the way, stopping Brendan Smith to secure the win in the ninth round.

Pickard made 34 saves on 35 shots in regulation and overtime.

After two scoreless periods, Pavel Datsyuk opened the game’s scoring at 4:52 of the third. With Detroit on a power play, Datsyuk took a feed from Riley Sheahan in the left faceoff circle and snapped a shot past Pickard.

With 4:15 left in the period, the Avalanche tied things up on a power play of their own. Erik Johnson‘s blast from the top of the right circle appeared to deflect off defenseman Jonathan Ericsson‘s stick on its way past Mrazek.

Detroit finished the night one-for-four on the power play while Colorado went one-for-two.

The Red Wings have one more game remaining before the Christmas break, Tuesday night against the Buffalo Sabres.


With Howard injured and Jonas Gustavsson still weeks from returning, Tom McCollum was called up to back up Mrazek… Jakub Kindl was back in the lineup as Xavier Ouellet was sent back to the Grand Rapids Griffins to make room for McCollum… Daniel Cleary replaced Joakim Andersson for his tenth appearance of the season, triggering a $1 million bonus in his contract.

Pregame: Avalanche @ Red Wings – 12/21

With their losing streak now at five games, the Red Wings host the Colorado Avalanche tonight in their penultimate game before the Christmas break.

The Red Wings will look a little different, as starting goalie Jimmy Howard is out with a groin injury. Tom McCollum has been called up to back-up Petr Mrazek. To make room in the lineup for McCollum, Xavier Ouellet was sent back to the Grand Rapids Griffins, so Jakub Kindl will slot back in on the Detroit blueline.

Unrelated to any injuries, Daniel Cleary will replace Joakim Andersson at forward. It will be Cleary’s tenth game of the season, triggering a $1 million bonus in his contract.

Stupid stat of the day: The Red Wings are 1-2-2 against Brad Stuart‘s teams since he left Detroit in 2012.

Game time is 6:00 PM on FSD.