Series (Game 2 of 4)

Detroit leads 3-1

Game 1: Thursday, February 5th
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Game 2: Saturday, February 14th
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Game 3: Thursday, March 25th
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Game 4: Saturday, March 27th
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Avalanche 5

(32-11-4, 78 pts)

Red Wings 2

(32-16-2, 74 pts)

3:00 PM ET, February 14, 2004

Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, Michigan

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COL 0 2 35
DET 1 1 02

D. Aebischer (Avalanche - G): Saves: 28, Save Pct.: .933

J. Sakic (Avalanche - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

P. Forsberg (Avalanche - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 2

Colorado (31-11-10-4) at Detroit (32-15-8-2) 3:00 pm EST

DETROIT (Ticker) -- Without goaltender Curtis Joseph, the Detroit Red Wings try to stretch their unbeaten streak to seven games Saturday afternoon as they continue their rivalry with the Colorado Avalanche at Joe Louis Arena.

Two days after announcing six-time Vezina Trophy winner Dominik Hasek would miss the rest of the season due to a recurring groin injury, Detroit placed Joseph on injured reserve Thursday with a sprained right ankle.

Joseph, who is 13-9-2 with a 2.44 goals-against average in 26 games this season, is expected to miss at least one week. He suffered the injury when San Jose's Jonathan Cheechoo tripped and fell into his legs during the first period of Wednesday's 4-2 win.

With Joseph out, the Red Wings will use Manny Legace and Marc Lamothe in the nets. Legace replaced Joseph at the start of the second period and stopped stopped 17 of 19 shots Wednesday to improve to 11-5-4 with a 2.07 goals-against average.

"That's the way sports go," Legace said. "It's unfortunate that two of the greatest goalies in the game have gone down in the last two days."

Legace, who recently turned 31, is 2-0-0 with a 2.98 GAA in three career appearances vs. Colorado.

The Red Wings trail Colorado by two points for first place in the Western Conference. In Wednesday's win, captain Steve Yzerman scored twice.

In a 3-2 overtime win at Colorado on February 5, Yzerman drew a high-sticking penalty that led to Brett Hull's game-winning goal.

Colorado has gained a point in 11 straight games, going 6-0-3-2 since a 2-1 home loss to San Jose on January 17.

The Avalanche have gained a point in their last 14 road games, going 8-0-4-2 since a 1-0 loss at Anaheim on December 19. They improved their road record to 15-3-7-3 with Thursday's 4-0 win over the St. Louis Blues.

David Aebischer stopped 29 shots for his fourth shutout of the season and Peter Forsberg, Alex Tanguay and Steve Konowalchuk each had a goal and an assist

Forsberg did not have a point in Colorado's last meeting with the Red Wings, but has seven goals and 13 assists in 23 regular-season contests against them.

The teams have split the last six meetings in Detroit.