Morning Skate: Canadiens at Red Wings

7:30p ET, Joe Louis Arena

Detroit, MI

TV: Fox Sports Detroit, NHL Network

Radio: 97.1 The Ticket/1270 AM

Habs Blog: Eyes On The Prize

Tonight is the beginning of a very important stretch for the Red Wings. The next four games on tap: tonight vs Montreal, Saturday vs Pittsburgh, Monday vs Buffalo and Tuesday at Montreal. Three very winnable games and the Pens. If the Wings don't earn at least six points from this stretch, they don't deserve to make the playoffs.

The Habs won their last game 4-3 over the Ducks at home, but they're 4-6-0 in their last 10 games. PK Subban will miss his 7th straight game due to a neck injury. Carey Price is still out too. So right there the two best players for the Habs are out. Does it guarantee a victory? Of course not, but this is a game the Wings should win.

Just so everyone is aware, puck drop is technically just after 7:30, but you probably don't have to tune in until around... let's say 8p ET. That's about the time the Wings will realize they're wearing skates and involved in a hockey game. You might miss a Habs goal or two, but Jonathan Ericsson likely just gave up the line too easily, Lars Eller skated around Niklas Kronwall, Petr Mrazek didn't control the rebound well enough and Torrey Mitchell tapped in his 10th goal of the season... something like that.

Detroit Expected Lineup


Dylan Larkin Henrik Zetterberg Justin Abdelkader
Tomas Tatar Pavel Datsyuk Anthony Mantha
Gus Nyquist Riley Sheahan Andreas Athanasiou
Darren Helm Luke Glendening Brad Richards


Brendan Smtih Mike Green
Danny DeKeyser Kyle Quincey
Niklas Kronwall Jonathan Ericsson


Petr Mrazek
Jimmy Howard

Scratches: Teemu Pulkkinen, Tomas Jurco, Alexey Marchenko

Injuries: Drew Miller, Johan Franzen

Montreal Expected Lineup


Max Pacioretty Alex Galchenyuk Paul Byron
Lars Eller Tomas Plekanec Torrey Mitchell
Stefan Matteau Michael McCarron Phillip Danault
Lucas Lessio Jacob De La Rose Mike Brown


Andrei Markov Alexei Emelin
Nathan Beaulieu Greg Pateryn
Joel Hanley Darren Dietz


Mike Condon
Ben Scrivens


Game Day Prediction Contest

Would you like to predict the outcome of the game and potentially become internet famous? Well you're in luck, because here's your opportunity. Here's how it works.

Make your game predictions on the winning team, final score, and who the Wings player of the game will be. Enter the required information into the form below using the formats indicated in the questions. If you don't use those formats, your answers will be disregarded. All submissions are timestamped and will be accepted only until the official game start time. All other submissions after that will be disregarded. Only one submission per person, please. POTG will be determined by the collective of WiiM writers.

Each correct winning team prediction is worth 1 point. Each correct player of the game prediction is worth 2 points. Each correct final score prediction is worth 5 points. If you get all three correct you'll receive 15 points.