Game Preview: Canadiens (34-34-6) vs. Red Wings (36-26-11)
TV: RDS, SNE, NHLN-US 7:30 p.m.
The Habs take on the Red Wings in Detroit just five days before the Original Six teams are scheduled to square off once again at the Bell Centre.
In the Canadiens most recent game at the Bell Centre on Tuesday night, the Habs gave the Ducks all they could handle preventing Anaheim from clinching a playoff spot in the Western Conference. The Habs 4-3 victory featured a night of firsts as Mike Brown (1G-1A) and Lucas Lessio (1G) both lit the lamp for the first time as Canadiens. In addition, blue-liners Darren Dietz (1A) and Joel Hanley (2A) chipped in assists to collect their first NHL points in the victory.
On Tuesday night in Tampa Bay, the Red Wings suffered a 6-2 loss at the hands of the Lightning, with Justin Abdelkader and Darren Helm finding the back of the net for Detroit. Tampa is currently in the midst of battling the Philadelphia Flyers for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Both Red Wings netminders saw action in the loss as Petr Mrázek replaced starter Jimmy Howard who was pulled after allowing three goals on 16 shots. As a result, Mrázek will be back in goal to face the Habs.
Between the pipes, Mike Condon turned aside 32 of the 35 shots he faced sparking the Habs comeback victory. For Thursday night's affair in Detroit, the Habs will turn to netminder Ben Scrivens who is set to face the Red Wings for the second time in his career.
In the injury department, P.K. Subban has been ruled out Thursday night’s clash while David Desharnais will make his return to the lineup and will slot in between Michael McCarron and Stefan Matteau. In addition, head coach Michel Therrien announced following the morning skate that forwards Sven Andrighetto and Jacob De La Rose will both be healthy scratches in Detroit.
The Habs and Red Wings split the first two games of the season series, with each club picking up a victory on home ice.