DETROIT - The Detroit Red Wings returned home from an impressive four-game road trip and promptly laid an egg.
The Red Wings look to salvage the finale of their brief stay at Joe Louis Arena when they face the Colorado Avalanche on Monday. Detroit certainly will need a better effort than the one it turned in on Sunday, as it yielded three goals in a 99-second stretch early in the first period en route to a 7-1 setback to Original Six-rival Chicago.
Defenseman Tyson Barrie scored 50 seconds into overtime on Saturday as Colorado snapped a four-game losing streak with a 1-0 victory over visiting Nashville. The Avalanche have experienced a vastly different fortune away from the Rocky Mountains, posting a league-worst 2-12-3 mark. Colorado is 0-8-3 on the road since skating to a 4-3 shootout victory over Minnesota on Feb. 14.
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ABOUT THE AVALANCHE (12-18-4): PA Parenteau collected an assist on Barrie's tally to extend his point streak to five games. Parenteau has scored a goal and set up two others in four career meetings with the Red Wings. Semyon Varlamov, who turned aside 34 shots for his 11th career shutout on Saturday, is expected to get the start against Detroit.
ABOUT THE RED WINGS (17-13-5): Defenseman Niklas Kronwall didn't mince words when describing Detroit's performance on Sunday.
"We didn't play hockey (today) whatsoever," he said. "... You dig a big hole for yourselves and we couldn't find a way to get back. It was embarrassing at times."
Kronwall did net the game-winning goal in the Red Wings' 2-1 victory over the Avalanche on March 5 - although it was far from conventional. Kronwall's shot sailed wide of the net, but the puck caromed off the end boards and deflected off Jean-Sebastien Giguere's skate and into the net.
1. Cory Emmerton's goal with 33 seconds remaining on Sunday was all that prevented Detroit from being shut out in consecutive contests. San Jose posted a 2-0 triumph over the Red Wings on Thursday.
2. The teams will meet again at the Pepsi Center on Friday.
3. Detroit captain Henrik Zetterberg sat out with a lower-body injury but is listed as day-to-day.
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