Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series tied 2-2

Game 1: Tuesday, October 12th
Red Wings4
Game 2: Saturday, November 13th
Red Wings3
Game 3: Monday, December 27th
Red Wings4Final
Game 4: Monday, January 10th
Red Wings4Final

Avalanche 1

(8-7-1, 17 pts)

Red Wings 3

(11-3-1, 23 pts)

7:00 PM ET, November 13, 2010

Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, Michigan

1 2 3 T
COL 0 0 11
DET 1 2 03

T. Bertuzzi (Red Wings - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

D. Cleary (Red Wings - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

J. Hudler (Red Wings - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

Avalanche-Red Wings Preview


Playing in Detroit hasn't proved easy for most opposing teams for the last two decades. The Colorado Avalanche, though, have come away with wins from most of their recent trips to Joe Louis Arena.

While looking to add to that success, the Avalanche will also try to spoil the Red Wings' perfect start to their longest homestand of the season Saturday night.

The Red Wings (10-3-1) have registered 507 wins in 778 home games since the start of 1990-91 season. The Avalanche, though, have won four of five in Detroit, and they're one of two teams to earn a victory there this season.

Colorado rallied from a two-goal deficit Oct. 12 and sealed a 5-4 win after Brandon Yip scored in the sixth round of the shootout. The Avalanche have earned three of their last four wins in Detroit via shootouts.

Colorado (8-6-1) enters this matchup after one of its best road performances of the season, a 5-1 win over Columbus on Friday. In his return from a hand injury, David Jones had two goals and an assist to help the Avalanche improve to 5-2-1 away from home.

"It's a nice way to get yourself back in the lineup," coach Joe Sacco said. "I thought Jonesey played well tonight. He played hard. He was physical on the puck. As a result he got rewarded for it with a couple of goals."

The Red Wings, 6-1-1 at home, are coming off their best scoring performance of the season, a 6-2 victory over Edmonton on Thursday.

Dan Cleary scored twice en route to a 5-0 lead, and Tomas Holmstrom added his second goal late in the final period to help Detroit improve to 2-0-0 on its six-game homestand.

"This is an absolute legit contender for the Stanley Cup," Edmonton coach Tom Renney said of the Red Wings. "They've got eight, nine or 10 plus players on their team."

Jimmy Howard could be considered one of those players. Since losing to Colorado last month, he's 4-0-0 with a 2.49 goals-against average at home, and 8-1-1 with a 2.26 GAA and one shutout overall this season.

Howard's counterpart, Peter Budaj, has performed admirably for Colorado with Craig Anderson (knee) on injured reserve. Since Anderson went down late last month, Budaj is 3-2-1 with a 2.69 GAA and one shutout.

He's also earned consecutive shootout wins over Detroit after losing four of six previous matchups.

After getting Jones back, the shorthanded Avalanche could see the return of captain Adam Foote from a head injury Saturday.

"We definitely miss his leadership in the locker room and out on the ice," Yip told the team's official website. "He's always working hard and doing the right things, so hopefully we can have him back as soon as possible because he's the backbone of our team."

Despite Colorado's recent success at Joe Louis, it has only managed a split in the last six overall meetings.