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Game Preview: Habs vs. Red Wings

Coming off of a superb victory against the Ottawa Senators Sunday night at the Bell Centre, le bleu, blanc et rouge will look to continue their impressive play against a bottom dwelling team; the Detroit Red Wings. Winning this game is important for the Habs if they hope to extend their division lead over the Senators. With one games at hand, the Senators are just four points behind the Canadiens for the division lead. Carey Price gets the night off after sweeping the Ottawa Senators over the weekend. Al Montoya will make his 18th start of the season tonight at the Bell Centre. 

Considering where the two respective teams currently sit in the standings, Montreal should have no problem extending their winning ways against the Red Wings. In spite of Detroit’s horrid season, the myriad of skilled players the Red Wings have should be a focus for the Habs. Players such as Henrik Zetterberg, Gustav Nyquist, Tomas Tatar, Anthony Mantha and Frans Nielsen are unquestionably the players the Canadiens will have to overthrow to earn an important win.

The last time the two respected teams went head to head was all the way back on the 16th of January. Unfortunately, Montreal lost a snoozer of a match by the score of 1-0. Current Florida Panther Thomas Vanek scored the lone goal for Detroit while Montreal was held off the score sheet.

The Numbers Game:

Montreal                     Statistic Detroit                              
41-23-8 Record 28-32-11
199 GF 178
2.76 GFA 2.50
180 GA 212
2.50 GAA 2.98
8-2-0 L10 3-6-1
MTL 4 OTT 1 Last Game

BUF 2 DET 1

 

Who’s hot? Who’s cold?

Cold: Riley Sheahan has been playing some horrendous hockey for the entirety of the 2016-17 season, collecting 0 goals and 10 assists in 69 games. Sheahan’s struggles can solely be linked to the fact that he’s been snakebitten for the entire season. Before his unfortunate scoring drought, the St.Catharine’s native shot at an average of 1.53 shots per game. Throughout this season Sheahan has shot at a 1.34 shot average. Although, it’s a small drop, it should not contribute to an outright downfall. The Habs will need to keep a watchful eye on the stagnant centre so he doesn’t break out of his drought.

Hot: Despite the young offensive weapons the Red Wings currently maintain, Henrik Zetterberg remains a bright spot on this woeful team. Zetterberg has really put the team on his back accumulating a grand total of 6 goals and 23 assists in 24 games. It’s fair to say that Zetterberg is Detroit’s main offensive force.

Top 5 point producers (Detroit vs. Montreal)

Detroit:

  1. Henrik Zetterberg: 15 G – 45 A – 60 P (71 GP)
  2. Tomas Tatar: 21 G – 18 A – 39 P (71 GP)
  3. Gustav Nyquist: 10 G – 27 A – 37 P (65 GP)
  4. Anthony Mantha: 14 G – 19 A – 33 P (54 GP)
  5. Mike Green: 11 G – 21 A – 32 P (61 GP)

Montreal:

  1. Max Pacioretty: 33 G – 27 A – 60 P (72 GP)
  2. Alexander Radulov: 15 G – 33A – 48 P (67 GP)
  3. Shea Weber: 16 G- 25 A- 41 P (72 GP)
  4. Alex Galchenyuk: 15 G – 25 A – 40 P (51 GP)
  5. Paul Byron: 20 G – 17 A – 35 P (71 GP)

Game starts at 7:30. Follow along with @rabidhabs on Twitter, and follow Robert Brown @TheStandardBob!