Morning Skate: Canadiens at Red Wings

Game 17

7:00p ET, Joe Louis Arena

Detroit, MI

TV: Fox Sports Detroit

Radio: 97.1 The Ticket

Habs Blog: Eyes On The Prize

Friday was wonderful. It was simply fun. When the Red Wings play like that it makes you fall in love with hockey all over again. Add in the fact it was against the Blackhawks and it might've been the perfect hockey game (okay so not perfect but it was damn great. The perfect hockey game still remains game 7 of the 2002 western conference finals).

But Friday is over. It's on to Montreal. The Wings should've beaten them a few weeks ago. Pavel should've had a beauty of a goal. Detroit should have another point. Sadly none of that exists. Tonight the Wings can make up for all of that. They get the Habs on the second night of a back-to-back. Take advantage of the opportunity. Gain ground in the Atlantic and continue to solidfy that playoff position.

The Expected Lineups


Johan Franzen Henrik Zetterberg Gustav Nyquist
Tomas Jurco Pavel Datsyuk Justin Abdelkader
Tomas Tatar Riley Sheahan Darren Helm
Joakim Andersson Luke Glendening Drew Miller


Niklas Kronwall Jonathan Ericsson
Kyle Quincey Danny DeKeyser
Jakub Kindl Brendan Smith


Jimmy Howard (starting)
Petr Mrazek

Scratches: Brian Lashoff, Daniel Cleary & Andrej Nestrasil

Injuries: Stephen Weiss (groin)

Opponent Outlook

Player to Fear: P.K. Subban because he's really good.

X-Factor: Carey Price because he can also be really good.

Familiar Faces: None.

  • The Red Wings are 203-273-96-1 (W-L-T-OTL) all-time in the regular season against the Montreal Canadiens.
  • Howard is 3-2-1 with a 2.92 GAA and .895 SV% in 6 games against the Habs./
Let's Go Red Wings.