Colorado (14-14-1) at Detroit (20-5-4), 7:00 pm EST
DETROIT (Ticker) -- The Colorado Avalanche will take on the
Detroit Red Wings on Monday for the first time since being swept
out of the playoffs last spring.
The Red Wings completely dominated the Avalanche in the Western
Conference semifinals, outscoring their rivals by a 21-9 margin
en route to winning the Stanley Cup for fourth time in 11
Detroit has picked up right where it left off, climbing to the
top of the Central Division with one of the league's best
all-around teams. The Red Wings have the second-ranked offense
in the NHL and the top-ranked power play at 28.2 percent.
Marian Hossa has been a boost to the offense, leading the team
with 15 goals and 29 points this season. Detroit also has a
pair of Selke Trophy finalists in Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel
Datsyuk, who have combined for 21 goals and 30 assists.
Datsyuk, who won the Selke for the first time last season,
centers the top line and continues to produce on the offensive
end despite being responsible for containing the opponent's best
The Avalanche are still looking to find their stride this season
as they currently sit at the bottom of the Northwest Division.
Colorado, which is starting a four-game road trip, is coming off
a 4-3 setback to the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday. Ian
Laperriere scored a goal and set up another for the Avalanche,
who are seeking their third win in four contests.