Game Preview: Detroit Red Wings vs. Colorado Avalanche 2/22/2024

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The Detroit Red Wings return home coming off an overtime win on Monday afternoon to the Kraken 4-3, while the Avalanche are coming off a win over the Canucks on Tuesday night 3-1.

Detroit Red Wings (29-20-6, 64 Points) vs. Colorado Avalanche (35-18-4, 74 Points)

When: Thursday, February 22
Time: 7:00 p.m. ET
Where: Little Caesars Arena (Detroit, MI)
TV: Bally Sports Detroit

Scoring Leaders

Detroit Red Wings

Points: Dylan Larkin – 49
Goals: Dylan Larkin – 24
Assists: Lucas Raymond – 30

Colorado Avalanche

Points: Nathan MacKinnon – 92
Goals: Nathan MacKinnon – 33
Assists: Nathan MacKinnon – 59

Expected Line Combinations

Detroit Red Wings

Michael Rasmussen – Dylan Larkin – Patrick Kane
Alex DeBrincat – J.T. Compher – Lucas Raymond
Joe Veleno – Andrew Copp – David Perron
Robby Fabbri – Christian Fischer – Daniel Sprong
Jake Walman – Moritz Seider
Ben Chiarot – Jeff Petry
Shayne Gostisbehere – Olli Maatta

Colorado Avalanche

Jonathan Drouin – Nathan Mackinnon – Mikko Rantanen
Miles Wood – Ross Colton – Artturi Lehkonen
Zach Parise – Ryan Johansen – Joel Kiviranta
Frederik Olofsson – Chris Wagner – Andrew Cogliano
Devon Toews – Cale Makar
Samuel Girard – Josh Manson
Jack Johnson – Bowen Byram

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By The Numbers:

League Ranking

Detroit Red Wings

PP%: 23.2 (10)
PK%: 82.0 (9)
GF P/G: 3.49 (6)
GA P/G: 3.25 (21)
Faceoff %: 49.3 (20)

Colorado Avalanche

PP%: 23.4 (9)
PK%: 81.8 (10)
GF P/G: 3.68 (1)
GA P/G: 3.18 (19)
Faceoff %: 47.9 (24)

Red Wings Player to Watch: David Perron

Perron has played in 49 games this season and has 27 points coming on 12 goals and 15 assists. In his last five games, he has four points on two goals and two assists. On the power play, he has 12 points on six goals and six assists.

Perron’s Line Assignments

Perron will be on the third line playing with Joe Veleno and Andrew Copp.  He will also play on the top power-play unit with J.T. Compher, Lucas Raymond, Dylan Larkin, and Shayne Gostisbehere.

Perron’s career vs. Colorado

Perron in his career has played in 51 games against the Avalanche and he has 42 points on 21 goals and 21 assists. Last season against the Avalanche he had two points on a goal and an assist.

Between The Pipes

Detroit: Alex Lyon (15-8-2, 2.83 GAA)

Lyon last played on Monday against the Kraken, and he gave up three goals on 41 shots. He is 1-0-0 against the Avalanche in his career.

Colorado: Justus Annunen (1-2-0, 4.08 GAA)

Annunen’s last start came last Thursday against the Lighting, and he suffered the loss giving up four goals on 30 shots. He has never faced the Red Wings in his career.

Wrap Up

The Detroit Red Wings finished their road trip 2-2-0 and thanks to Alex Lyon once again they were able to win on Monday against the Kraken. The Lightning also lost on Monday which allowed the Red Wings to sit one point behind them for the top Wild Card spot, they also got help from the Devils losing to the Capitals on Tuesday night which kept the Red Wings four point lead for the final playoff spot intact. Tonight’s game will be a tough one against the Avalanche who are one of the best teams in the Western Conference and even the NHL, they currently sit with sixth most points in the league. The Red Wings need to find a way to steal at least a point in this one, that would be in itself a victory, if they can come away with two points then they’d be in a great spot heading into the weekend when they have back-to-back games.

In their last ten games against Colorado, Detroit is 0-8-2, and have been outscored 46-20 in those ten games. Detroit lost both games to the Avalanche last season and have not beaten them since March 18, 2017.


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