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Venue: Joe Louis Arena; Detroit, MI
Time: 7:30 PM EST
Television: Detroit- FS-Detroit; Montreal- TSN
The Detroit Red Wings (22-18-10, 54 points, 5th place Atlantic Division) were having a tough time scoring goals for a four game stretch that saw them lose three of four games. They were able to break out of their offensive slump in a big way on Wednesday night against the defending Stanley Cup Champions when they connected for four goals in regulation and then earned the extra goal, and point, in the shootout. The Red Wings are still playing without many of their top offensive players, so for the secondary players to step up and score some big time goals was a great boost for the club. The Red Wings will be getting some of their offensive power back tonight when Daniel Alfredsson returns from back spasms that kept him out for the past six games.
The Montreal Canadiens (27-18-5, 59 points, 3rd place Atlantic Division) come into tonight’s game having lost two games in a row and three of their past four contests. In that stretch, the Canadiens have given up four or more goals in each game. The offense has been hit or miss for the Canadiens as of late as well. In their past seven games, the Canadiens have scored three or more goals only twice. Tonight’s game is the last game of a four game road trip for the Canadiens and they should be happy to return home where the record for them is much better.
Starting in goal for the Red Wings tonight will be Jonas Gustavsson for the second straight game as Jimmy Howard continues to recover from a knee injury that has hampered him the past couple months of the season. Gustavsson had to shake off some rust in Wednesday’s game,but in the end turned out to have an overall solid game.
The Canadiens will counter with Carey Price in net tonight. Price has been the primary goaltender for the Canadiens this season and thus far has posted a 22-14-2 record with a 2.4 GAA and a .921 save percentage. This will be a good test to see if the scoring that was seen Wednesday night was a fluke or not.