Colorado Avalanche vs. Detroit Red Wings
Tip-off: Monday, April 1, 2013 – 7:30 PM ET
Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, Michigan
The Detroit Red Wings weren’t what YouWager bettors were hoping they would be during their latest game and now they’re also dealing with injuries to two veteran forwards.
The statuses of captain Henrik Zetterberg and Mikael Samuelsson are uncertain for Detroit’s attempt to avoid a third straight loss tonight versus the Colorado Avalanche, losers in 11 straight away from home.
The Red Wings (17-13-5) returned home Sunday after a 3-1-0 road trip that featured back-to-back wins versus Pacific Division-leading Anaheim Ducks, but endured a miserable 7-1 defeat versus the rival Chicago Blackhawks.
Furthermore, Detroit scratched Zetterberg after warmups because of a lower-body injury, and Samuelsson left with an upper-body ailment after returning from a 19-game absence due to a broken finger.
Detroit will try to recover when facing the Colorado Avalanche (12-18-4), which are mired in one of the longest road losing streaks in team history. Colorado, 0-8-3 in their last 11 road games, lost a franchise-worst 18 straight away from home as the Quebec Nordiques from Jan. 18-April 1, 1990.
The Avalanche are also 2-8-0 in its last 10 overall but snapped a four-game skid with a 1-0 overtime win against the Nashville Predators on Saturday. Defenseman Tyson Barrie scored his second NHL goal 50 seconds into the extra period, and Semyon Varlamov stopped 34 shots in his third shutout of the season.
Colorado lost this season’s only previous meeting with the Red Wing’s 2-1 at Joe Louis Arena on March 5. The Avalanche have dropped four of six in Detroit but won 4-3 there on Feb. 25, 2012.