NHL Hockey

Final 1 2 3 Tot
Detroit 0 1 2 3
Colorado 2 3 1 6
12:00 PM PT1:00 PM MT2:00 PM CT3:00 PM ET20:00 GMT4:00 1:00 PM MST3:00 PM EST0:00 UAE (+1)15:00 ETNaN:� BRT, January 16, 2023
Ball Arena, Denver, Colorado  Attendance: 18,117

Red Wings, Avalanche look to reignite old rivalry

Detroit Red Wings at Colorado Avalanche

  1. Colorado has won its last eight games against Detroit, including two in overtime. It is the longest winning streak by either team in the all-time regular-season series between the Nordiques/Avalanche and Red Wings.
  2. Over their last 10 games, the Red Wings have been outscored, 28-15, in the first two periods while outscoring their opponents 21-10 in third periods (and 1-0 in overtime).
  3. Lucas Raymond's current three-game goal streak is the longest of his two-season NHL career. Raymond is one game shy of the season high for a Red Wings player, Filip Hronek's four-game goal streak from November 17-25.
  4. The Avs set a season high for goals scored with their 7-0 win over Ottawa on Saturday. It was the first time they won a game by more than a four-goal margin this season and the first time they won by more than three goals on home ice in 2022-23.
  5. Mikko Rantanen, Artturi Lehkonen and Alex Newhook each scored two goals in Saturday's game. It was the first time the Avalanche had three multiple-goal scorers in one game since their 9-3 win against the Kings on April 13 last season (Nathan MacKinnon, three, Nicolas Aube-Kubel, two, and Valeri Nichushkin, two).
  6. Cale Makar had no goals and one assist in Saturday's game. With that assist, he became the fourth defenseman to debut in the NHL over the last 40 years and score at least 40 points in each of his first four seasons. The others are Dion Phaneuf (2005-06 to 2008-09), John Klingberg (five: 2014-15 to 2018-19) and Adam Fox (2019-20 to 2022-23).

The rivalry was heated and filled with hatred between the fan bases and the organizations, and the NHL made each game between them must-see TV. From 1996-2002 Colorado and Detroit met in the playoffs five times and they collectively won five Stanley Cups.

The Avalanche fell off after the 2002-03 season while the Red Wings continued to excel and won another Cup in 2008, so the rivalry cooled. And when Detroit moved to the Eastern Conference it faded away.

The rivalry will be revisited Monday afternoon when the Red Wings travel to Denver.

The teams are in different places this season. Detroit is young and in what it hopes is the last stages of a rebuild while the Avalanche are the reigning Stanley Cup champions. The Red Wings have endured four losing streaks of three or more games this season, including a six-game skid in December.

At the halfway point the Red Wings are six points out of a wild-card spot after a loss to Columbus on Saturday.

"There's definitely areas where we've progressed," captain Dylan Larkin said. "After (Saturday's) game, I don't really want to get into that right now, (but) it's clear that we've progressed. We're more deep.

"That's kind of been the story of the season. We win two or three and then we can't find the fourth or fifth and get on a nice run. We need to find that. We're talking about it, we're trying. We need to do it pretty soon here."

Colorado has the same sentiment -- getting on a run. The Avalanche ended a four-game home losing streak with a 7-0 win over Ottawa on Saturday night. Their injuries have been well-documented, but the players know it has been execution and defensive lapses that have been the issue.

That seemed to be fixed against the Senators.

"We've been talking about how we need to play, and it's been a lot of talk and not a lot of execution," said Alex Newhook, who had two goals and an assist in the win. "I think (Saturday) we found that execution. So, just knowing that we can get to that if we bring our A-game. If everyone in our lineup brings their A-game, we're going to be a tough team to play against."

No. 1 goaltender Alexandar Georgiev had started 12 straight games before Pavel Francouz was in net against Chicago on Thursday night and again Saturday against the Senators. Francouz had missed six games with a lower-body injury but came back strong with a 29-save shutout, the fourth of his career, against Ottawa.

"I missed a couple of weeks, so it's always tough coming back. I was happy that coach gave me a chance to play two games in a row," Francouz said after his first shutout since Jan. 24, 2022. "We had a tough loss in Chicago and it's always nice if you get two games in a couple of days. You don't have to think too much and you just flow with the game."

--Field Level Media

Updated January 15, 2023

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