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Things are as bad as possible as the Wings head to Montreal with just 13 games to go

Detroit Red Wings v Arizona Coyotes Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Time: 7:30 PM EST

Place: Little Caesars arena

TV: FS-Detroit, RDS, TSN2

Radio: 97.1 FM The Ticket/1270 AM

Canadiens Blog: Habs Eyes on the Prize


Hello again everyone. It’s like deja vu AGAIN for me and these morning skates. I just did the last one vs. Montreal two weeks ago when the Wings were riding a 6-game losing streak. Well, we know how that game went. Somehow, things are still just as bad as they finish up a 3-game road trip against Atlantic Division foes. The Wings have now lost 13 of 16, 7 of which were by 2+ goals. I’m 22, so this is by far the worst they have ever been in my lifetime. Have to assume the last time they were this bad was the dreaded 1985-86 season when they generated 40 points in 80 games. It’s a fair argument that Blashill has lost the locker room as well, since it seems like all of the players just look disinterested, especially with Larkin out of the lineup. The Wings hope to welcome #71 back tonight, but I certainly wouldn’t rush him back to risk long-term injury. Outside of the draft lottery, there is not much to cheer for if you’re a fan outside of the growth of the young players, which means things are as glum as possible in Detroit.


For Montreal, they have struggled recently, losing 3 of their last 4 and 9 of their last 14. For a team currently out of the playoffs, that is the last thing you would want. It’s safe to expect the best game from Montreal, because every point is precious for them at this point. Tomas Tatar is basically a game time decision, after missing last games 8-2 drubbing to Anaheim with an illness. That’d be a big loss for the Canadiens as he’s been a huge addition to their team this season. He’s 3rd on the team with 48 points as Max Domi, 60, and Jonathan Drouin, 50, lead the way for the Habs in what is pretty much a “must-win” game for them tonight.

Projected Lines

Red Wings

Bert-Larkin-Mantha
Vanek-AA-Zadina
Abby-LGD-Helm
Ehn-DLR-Rasmussen

DDK-Hronek
Ericsson-Daley
Kronwall-Bowey

Jimmy Howard
Jonathan Bernier


Canadiens

Tatar-Danault-Gallagher
Byron-Domi-Shaw
Drouin-Kotkaniemi-Armia
Thompson-Weal-Weise

Mete-Weber
Reilly-Petry
Benn-Frolin

Price
Niemi