The Detroit Red Wings will conclude their 2021–22 season series against the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday afternoon — and there’s a chance they might do so without their captain.
The status of Red Wings leading scorer @Dylan Larkin remains unclear after he suffered an injury during Tuesday’s practice. Expect to hear an update on Larkin shortly after the Red Wings take to the ice for their morning skate ahead of Wednesday’s game at Little Caesars Arena.
Larkin was a key contributor in Detroit’s 3–2 shootout win over the New York Rangers on Feb. 17, scoring a go-ahead goal during the second period and tying for the team lead with five shots.
@Pius Suter scored the shootout winner for the Red Wings in that game, with @Troy Stecher scoring Detroit’s other goal in regulation. @Thomas Greiss made 37 saves for his eighth win of the season.
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The Red Wings last took on the Avalanche at Ball Arena in Denver on Dec. 10, 2021. Colorado raced out to 3–0 and 6–2 leads before ultimately winning by a 7–3 score.
@Joe Veleno, @Filip Hronek, and former Av @Vladislav Namestnikov scored for the Red Wings in that game. Playing in his first contest against his former team, Avalanche forward @Darren Helm tallied his fourth goal of the season (and Colorado’s third goal of the first period).

The Red Wings

Projected lineup via Daily Faceoff:
@Filip Zadina – @Dylan Larkin* – @Lucas Raymond
@Tyler Bertuzzi – @Pius Suter – @Robby Fabbri
@Vladislav Namestnikov – @Michael Rasmussen – @Adam Erne
@Givani Smith – @Carter Rowney – @Sam Gagner
Danny DeKeyser – @Moritz Seider
@Marc Staal – @Filip Hronek
@Nick Leddy – @Gustav Lindstrom
*Status unclear
Projected starter: @Thomas Greiss (8–7–1, .902 SV%)
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The Avalanche

Projected lineup via Daily Faceoff:
@Gabriel Landeskog – @Nathan MacKinnon – @Mikko Rantanen
@Valeri Nichushkin – @Nazem Kadri – @Andre Burakovsky
@Tyson Jost – @JT Compher – @Nicolas Aube-Kubel
@Darren Helm – @Alex Newhook – Logan O’Connor
@Devon Toews – @Cale Makar
@Jack Johnson – @Samuel Girard
@Kurtis MacDermid – @Erik Johnson
Projected starter: @Pavel Francouz (7–2–0, .921 SV%)

Scoring leaders

Detroit: @Dylan Larkin (26 goals, 52 points); @Tyler Bertuzzi (23 goals, 44 points); @Lucas Raymond (13 goals, 39 points); @Moritz Seider (five goals, 35 points); @Robby Fabbri (13 goals, 26 points).
Colorado: @Nazem Kadri (21 goals, 63 points); @Mikko Rantanen (26 goals, 59 points); @Cale Makar (18 goals, 51 points); @Gabriel Landeskog (23 points, 49 points); @Nathan MacKinnon (12 goals, 48 points).

Players to watch

Detroit: It appears @Carter Rowney may return to the lineup on Wednesday to play his first game since Jan. 4. The 32-year-old forward has been a defensive rock for the Red Wings this season and has four points (two goals, two assists) to his name in 22 games. Also potentially returning on Wednesday: @Gustav Lindstrom, who missed the Rangers game while dealing with a minor injury.
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Colorado: 25-year-old forward @Nicolas Aube-Kubel has been found money for the Avalanche since being claimed off waivers from the Philadelphia Flyers earlier this season. The gritty right-handed winger has seven goals and 15 points in 38 games with Colorado afer struggling to produce with the Flyers over the last two seasons. Aube-Kubel is set to become a restricted free agent this summer upon the conclusion of his current two-year, $1.075 million-AAV contract.

Viewing and listening options

Wednesday’s game at Little Caesars Arena will be broadcast on Bally Sports Detroit starting at 7:30 p.m. ET. It’ll be sent over the airwaves on WXYT-FM 97.1 “The Ticket” in the Detroit area, as well as on the Red Wings’ official website.

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