Avalanche vs. Red Wings, Game 68: Lines, Notes & How to Watch
Looking to sweep their four game road trip, the Colorado Avalanche will head to Detroit to take on the Red Wings on Saturday afternoon.
They’ll do so with their starting goaltender, Alexandar Georgiev, expected back in net. Jonas Johansson gave Georgiev a rest on Thursday night, and helped the Avalanche walk away with a win because of a ridiculous save late. They were helped by a truly bizarre game-winning goal.
One thing to look for? The potential return of Darren Helm. The fourth line really struggled against Ottawa, and Helm has been on the trip taking contact. Seeing as how Helm played the majority of his career in Detroit, this may be his last chance to suit up in the the Motor City. It’s believed he’s been pushing hard to return for this game, so we’ll likely find out around warm-ups if he feels good enough to play.
They may not be in the same conference anymore, but Avalanche fans always love seeing them take down the Red Wings. Detroit was pushing hard for a playoff spot, but in the last few weeks, have really fallen off. They’ve lost eight of their last 10 games and are a long shot to make it into the postseason now. They’re led offensively by Dylan Larkin, who signed a massive eight-year extension earlier this month.
This will be the final meeting between the teams this year. The Avalanche blew out the Red Wings back in January at Ball Arena by a score of 6-3.
Expected Colorado Avalanche Lines
Evan Rodrigues – Nathan MacKinnon – Mikko Rantanen
Valeri Nichushkin – J.T. Compher – Denis Malgin
Andrew Cogliano – Lars Eller – Logan O’Connor
Matt Nieto – Alex Newhook – Alex Galchenyuk
Devon Toews – Cale Makar
Samuel Girard – Bowen Byram
Jack Johnson – Brad Hunt
Expected Detroit Red Wings Lines, per DailyFaceoff.com
Pius Suter – Dylan Larkin – Lucas Raymond
Dominik Kubalik – Andrew Copp – David Perron
Filip Zadina – Joe Veleno – Jonatan Berggren
Adam Erne – Austin Czarnik – Alex Chiasson
Jake Walman – Moritz Seider
Olli Maatta – Jordan Oesterle
Simon Edvinsson – Robert Hagg
Colorado Avalanche Power Play: 24.3%, 5th in NHL
Colorado Avalanche Penalty Kill: 78.8%, 18th in NHL
Detroit Red Wings Power Play: 21.1%,17th in NHL
Detroit Red Wings Penalty Kill: 78.3%, 19th in NHL
How to Watch
TV: NHL Network, Altitude
Radio: Altitude Sports Radio 92.5
Game Time: 11:00 AM MST
It will be good to get Helm back into the lineup. The lines as currently constructed are missing his leadership on the 4th line. He could add that centering a line of Newhook and Nieto. I really think that Cogliano is the leader of the bottom 6. Newhook did well centering Cogliano and O’Connor. Eller is now doing that, but I think a lot of it is because of Cogliano. Depending on how much the Avs want to tinker with the bottom 6, when they get home, I could see a change where Cogliano reunites with Helm on the 4th… Read more »
I’ve seen Galchnyuk so little, it’s hard to compare him to Malgin. Who plays better defense?
I think of Malgin as more O than D.
Love to see Helm take 4C, move Newy to the first line and have Erod take AG’s spot.