Series (Game 2 of 4)

Detroit leads 4-0

Game 1: Wednesday, November 23rd
Red Wings7
Game 2: Saturday, January 21st
Red Wings4Final
Game 3: Saturday, February 4th
Red Wings3Final
Game 4: Sunday, February 12th
Red Wings6

Red Wings 4

(32-12-3, 67 pts)

Avalanche 3

(27-19-3, 57 pts)

2:00 PM ET, January 21, 2006

Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado

1 2 3 T
DET 3 1 04
COL 1 2 03

P. Datsyuk (Red Wings - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

M. Schneider (Red Wings - D): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

J. Liles (Avalanche - D): Goals: 0, Assists: 2

Detroit (31-12-3) at Colorado (27-18-3) 2:00 pm EST

Detroit (31-12-3) at Colorado (27-18-3) 2:00 pm EST

DENVER (Ticker) -- The end of their eight-game losing streak could mean the Colorado Avalanche will be extremely testy Saturday when they face the Detroit Red Wings.

After a 32-14 edge in goals during the streak, Colorado lost for the first time in January with Thursday's 4-2 loss to the struggling Chicago Blackhawks.

Rookie Marek Svatos scored his team-leading 28th goal in the first period and Antti Laaksonen added his 11th for the Avalanche, who had the third-longest streak in franchise history ended.

Colorado is in seventh place in the Western Conference, with a two-point lead over Edmonton, while trailing Calgary and Vancouver by two for first place in the Northwest Division.

Detroit continues to lead the West in wins (31), points (65) and is second in goals (172). However, the Red Wings only have a three-point advantage over Nashville in the Central Division race.

Tomas Holmstrom scored twice and Chris Osgood made 26 saves for his 42nd career shutout as Detroit won for the fifth time in six road games with Wednesday's 4-0 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Looking to avoid their first two-game losing streak since December 12-17, the Avalanche are out to avenge a 7-3 loss to Detroit on November 23. The teams have combined to win five Stanley Cup titles since 1996.