2019-20 NHL – Colorado Avalanche @ Detroit Red Wings Preview & Pick

THE FACTS

When is Colorado Avalanche @ Detroit Red Wings taking place? Tuesday 3rd March, 2020 – 00:30 (UK)

Where is Colorado Avalanche @ Detroit Red Wings taking place? Little Caesars Arena, Detroit

What channel is Colorado Avalanche @ Detroit Red Wings on? Premier Sports

Where can I stream Colorado Avalanche @ Detroit Red Wings? Premier Sport subscribers can stream this match live via Premier Player

Where can I get tickets for Colorado Avalanche @ Detroit Red Wings? https://www.nhl.com/tickets

What was the outcome in the last meeting? Colorado Avalanche 6 – 3 Detroit Red Wings

THE TEAM NEWS

COLORADO AVALANCHE

  • The Avalanche enter this game as one of the hottest teams in the Western Conference since they are on the heels of a six-game winning streak after their 3-2 win over the Nashville Predators on Saturday. Colorado currently sit in second place of the West with 85 points.
  • Andre Burakovsky, Matt Calvert and Philipp Grubauer have all been listed as questionable ahead of this contest, while the trio of Nazem Kadri, Mikko Rantanen and Colin Wilson has been ruled out. All six players have been tabbed with lower body injuries.
  • Goaltender Pavel Francouz has been key for the Avalanche during the current six-game winning run. He has allowed just eight goals on a six-game winning streak and overall he's 19-5 with a 2.24 GAA and .929 save percentage.

DETROIT RED WINGS

  • The Red Wings have been the worst team in the league by a wide margin and their tanking strategy has done wonders. Detroit have lost each of their last nine of their last 10 games and sit dead last in the Eastern Conference standings with only 35 points.
  • Detroit should be considerably depleted in this game, as they have five players who have been ruled out already. The list includes Adam Erne, Filip Zadina, Danny DeKeyser, Johan Franzen and Henrik Zetterberg. The last three are already out for the season.
  • Dylan Larkin has been one of Detroit’s most productive players this season and he had one goal with one assist Saturday against the Ottawa Senators. He is up to 48 points in 67 games, thanks to 18 goals and 30 assists.

THE PREDICTION

The Red Wings have won just 15 times, including overtime wins, this season but it is clear their focus lies on developing young and stockpiling assets instead of winning games. The Avalanche, on the other hand, are in a clear “win-now” mode and should be considered as a bonafide title contender with the best attack in the Western Conference, scoring 221 goals so far. Colorado’s firepower will be too much for a Red Wings team that averages 3.80 goals conceded per game this term.

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