Game Preview: Canadiens (34-36-6) vs. Red Wings (38-27-11)
TV: RDS, SNE 7:30 p.m.
The Habs and Red Wings meet for the 2nd time in six days, as the Canadiens look to avenge last Thursday’s 4-3 loss in Detroit.
In the Canadiens most recent game on Saturday night at the Bell Centre, a five-goal second period - in which the Rangers would light the lamp four times – gave New York all they would need on route to a 5-2 victory. Lars Eller and Phillip Danault combined to solve netminder Antti Raanta twice in the loss.
The Red Wings meanwhile arrive in Montreal after hosting a Monday night contest against the Buffalo Sabres at the Joe Louis Arena. Though the Sabres would score twice in the last two minutes, Detroit managed to hold on to secure a crucial two points in the standings to pull even with Philadelphia for the 8th and final spot in the Eastern Conference.
As Jimmy Howard got the start last night against the Sabres, expect Petr Mrázek to return to the blue paint for Detroit. The young netminder picked up the victory when the two teams last met on March 24, 2016, making 26 saves along the way.
In the injury department, P.K. Subban continues to await the doctor’s green light, Daniel Carr participated in Monday morning’s practice, albeit in a non-contact jersey. In addition, Brendan Gallagher is nearing his return to the lineup and will travel with the team to Florida later this week.
With regards to lineup changes, Jacob de la Rose will take Stefan Matteau's spot in Michel Therrien's formations, while Mike Condon will get the nod in goal. The first-year netminder was recently named the team’s candidate for the 2015-16 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy as the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.
Last Thursday’s victory gave the Red Wings a 2-1 edge in the season series, meaning Tuesday night presents Montreal’s last chance to even the score.