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Avalanche vs Red Wings Stadium Series Preview

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After a long wait, the outdoor Stadium Series Game between the Avs (32-27-4) and the Red Wings (30-20-11) is here.

Denver Post

After over a year of anticipation, the day is finally here. The Avalanche will finally be taking part in an outdoor regualr season game. While last night the old-timers took to the ice to revisit the old rivalry between the Avalanche and Red Wings, tonight it's time for the stars of today to shine. But don't let the fresh air and big stadium fool you, it's just another regualr season game and the points up for grabs are big ones in the standings. Both the Avs and the Red Wings are fighting for their playoff lives as they hold onto wildcard spots in their respective conferences. Despite the atmosphere, both teams are going to have to find a way to pull together and win this unusual regular season game.

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Tanguay-MacKinnon-Landeskog

Grigorenko-Duchene-Iginla

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Varlamov

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NOTES

- This is the Red Wings' third outdoor game and their first Stadium Series game. They took part in the Winter Classic in 2009 in Chicago and at Michigan Stadium in 2014.

- Away teams have dominated outdoor games in the NHL going 11-4-1.

- Avalanche forwards John Mitchell and Jarome Iginla as well as defenseman Francois Beauchemin have all participated in outdoor NHL games. Mitchell for the Rangers in the 2012 Winter Classic, Iginla for the Flames in the 2011 Heritage Classic, and Beauchemin for the Ducks in the 2014 Stadium Series.

GAME INFO

Game time: 6pm MT

TV: NBC, SN, TVAS2