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Red Wings look to get back on track against Avalanche

Detroit (23-7-4) at Colorado (17-16-1), 9:00 p.m. EST

DENVER (Ticker) -- The Detroit Red Wings look to bounce back

from a rare loss when they visit the Colorado Avalanche on

Saturday.

Entering having won eight of their last 10 games, the Red Wings

fell to the Nashville Predators, 3-2, on Friday.

Detroit has lost two in a row twice this season, from October

29-30 and November 24-26.

Six-time Norris Trophy winner Niklas Lidstrom left against the

Predators in the second period with a lower body injury after he

was on the receiving end of a shot from defenseman Shea Weber.

Detroit coach Mike Babcock said X-rays were negative, and was

unsure if the captain would be able to play against Colorado.

The Avalanche, who began a stretch that will see them play 15 of

19 at home, used a goal and three assists from Ryan Smyth to

edge the Phoenix Coyotes, 5-4, on Tuesday.

However, center Paul Stastny suffered a fractured right forearm

in the game and is out indefinitely. Stastny, who had a goal

and two assists in the game, was hit with a slapshot in the

final minute of regulation.

With Joe Sakic out until March after injuring his left hand in a

snow blower accident two weeks ago, the loss of Stastny, the

team's leading scorer, will surely dent the offense for

Colorado, which has alternated wins and losses in the last seven

games.

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