Coming off an uninspired 4-2 loss to the Phoenix Coyotes last night, the Red Wings head on to Denver to meet the Colorado Avalanche tonight.
Jimmy Howard will get the start for the second consecutive night and the forward lines remain unchanged but the defense will be all shaken up. In are Kyle Quincey, Ian White and Danny DeKeyser. Out are Brian Lashoff, Carlo Colaiacovo and Brendan Smith.
Stupid stat of the day: This season the Red Wings are 4-3 against teams whose location name does not match the city they play their home games in.
Game time is 9:00 PM on FSD.
Pavel Datsyuk opened and closed the scoring Friday night in Denver, scoring his second goal of the night with 16 seconds remaining in overtime to lift the Detroit Red Wings to a 3-2 win over the Colorado Avalanch.
Datsyuk backhanded a loose puck in the crease past Colorado netminder Jean-Sebastien Giguere to secure the win for Detroit.
Datsyuk had opened the scoring at 8:27 of the first period. Johan Franzen drew the Colorado defense to him as he cut through the right faceoff circle and drove to the net before dishing off to Datsyuk alone in the slot for a shot past Giguere. It was a power play goal, the same way Detroit opened the scoring the previous night against Phoenix.
As against the Coyotes, the next goal tied the game when Mark Oliver backhanded a shot over Jimmy Howard on a partial breakway with 8:24 remaining to make it 1-1.
The tie was short-lived, as Gustav Nyquist put Detroit back out in front just 13 seconds later. Nyquist scooped up a bobbled puck in the left circle of the Colorado zone and took it to the net, stuffing it in around Giguere’s pad to make it 2-1.
P.A. Parenteau evened things back up at 6:29 of the third period. Jamie McGinn threw the puck on net from the left wing boards and Parenteau knocked it in behind Howard out of mid-air with the shaft of his stick.
Howard would finish the night with 33 saves on 35 shots while Giguere stopped 28 of 31 chances.
The opening goal was the game’s only power play tally. Detroit had four tries with the extra attacker to Colorado’s three.
The Red Wings will now fly back to Detroit for a 12:30 matchup with the St. Louis Blues on Sunday.
Rookie defenseman Danny DeKeyser
made his NHL debut for Detroit and Kyle Quincey
returned from injury. Ian White
was also back in the lineup. Brendan Smith
, Brian Lashoff
and Carlo Colaiacovo
were out to make room.