Red Wings-Avs morning skate Tweets: Wings face uphill battle vs. Avs, who will be without Kadri and Byram tonight

The Detroit Red Wings face a difficult opponent tonight in the Colorado Avalanche (9 PM EST start on Bally Sports Detroit/Altitude/97.1 FM), and the Avs’ morning skate happens to be in flux this early afternoon, Detroit time…

As the Avs are without two key contributors…


You can take from this what you will:

Wouldn’t it stink to play spoiler?

Anyway, after the Avs’ morning skate, coach Jared Bednar confirmed the lineup tweaks:

F Nazem Kadri is day-to-day and won’t play tonight.— Kate Shefte (@KateShefte) December 10, 2021

J.T. Compher’s missed 11 games. He’s officially good to go.— Kate Shefte (@KateShefte) December 10, 2021

Kurtis “Big Mac” MacDermid in as a forward tonight, Jacob “Littler Mac” MacDonald in on D— Adrian Dater (@adater) December 10, 2021

Darcy Kuemper starts tonight— Adrian Dater (@adater) December 10, 2021


#Avs forward Darren Helm on what the city of Detroit means to him: “It’s home.”

He’ll play against the Red Wings for the first tonight.— Peter Baugh (@Peter_Baugh) December 10, 2021’s “On tap” feature focuses on tonight’s Wings-Avs game

Avalanche send potent offense against Red Wings: The Colorado Avalanche are 10-2-1 in their past 13 games and begin a three-game homestand against the Detroit Red Wings on Friday (9 p.m. ET; ALT, BSDET+, ESPN+, NHL LIVE). The Avalanche (14-7-2) defeated the New York Rangers 7-3 on Wednesday and lead the NHL with an average of 4.26 goals per game. They have scored 23 goals in their past four games (3-0-1). Center Nathan MacKinnon has scored at least one point in 12 of his 13 games this season (18 points; two goals, 16 assists). Center Nazem Kadri, who leads Colorado with 34 points (11 goals, 23 assists) in 22 games, has a five-game point streak (nine points; four goals, five assists). Rookie forward Lucas Raymond leads the Red Wings (13-11-3) with 24 points (10 goals, 14 assists) in 27 games. Detroit has lost its past two games, including a 6-2 defeat at the St. Louis Blues on Thursday, after winning five straight. — Tim Campbell, staff writer

And’s Tanner Fricke posted a game preview as well:

HISTORY: The Avs maintain a 56-61-5 all-time when playing the Red Wings. When on home ice they are 29-27-4, while on the road they are 27-34-1 

The two teams last matched up on March 2, 2020. Colorado took home a win in Detroit, with Gabriel Landeskog, Nathan MacKinnon, Valeri Nichushkin and Logan O’Connor each grabbing a point. 

ROSTER REPORT: The Avalanche moved Jayson Megna and Jacob MacDonald to the Colorado Eagles. 

INJURY REPORT: Bowen Byram is still considered day-to-day with a head injury. Ryan Murray remains out indefinitely. Stefan Matteau continues to rehab a lower-body injury and will be sidelined for weeks. Pavel Francouz continues to ramp up to a return with the Avalanche, but has not returned yet. 

SCOUTING THE RED WINGS: Detroit heads to Denver on the second leg of a back-to-back, having just dropped a game 6-2 vs the St. Louis Blues. 

Detroit maintains a 13-11-3 record, standing at fourth in the Atlantic division. The Red Wings operate at 24th in the league in power play percentage, at 15.7 percent, and 26th in the league at penalty kill percentage, at 75.6 percent. 

(OPPOSING) PLAYER TO WATCH: Lucas Raymond; Forward Lucas Raymond currently leads all Detroit players in points at 24 (10 goals, 14 assists). He has not missed a game for the Red Wings this season and posted two assists in the team’s latest matchup in St. Louis. 

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