RED WINGS (3-1-1) @ CANADIENS (5-1-0)
Looking for a sixth win in just seven games so far this season, the Habs could repeat the feat last achieved during the start of the 1977-78 season with a win over the visiting Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday.
Riding a two-game win streak over the Boston Bruins and Colorado Avalanche, the Canadiens are enjoying an explosive start to the season on offense, currently tied for second in the NHL for most goals scored with 20.
On defense however, the Habs’ 20 goals allowed are ranked 25th in the league, having conceded the first goal in five of six games played so far – a stat head coach Michel Therrien will be hoping to improve on opposite Detroit.
After sitting out the two previous games, Dale Weise will be back in the lineup on Tuesday in place of Jiri Sekac, although with no other changes expected, Michael Bournival and Nathan Beaulieu should remain in the press box.
Likewise, Carey Price will get a a fifth-straight start in goal following a strong 32-save performance on Saturday.
The Red Wings for their part are also enjoying a strong start to the 2014-15 season, racking up seven of a total ten possible points in five games so far, notably besting the Toronto Maple Leafs in a pair of back-to-back games over the weekend in which the Wings allowed just one goal in 125 minutes of play.
Detroit’s Henrik Zetterberg will be a player to watch, after registering four assists last Friday alone, before scoring the overtime winner on Saturday against the Leafs.
Pavel Datsyuk, meanwhile, will be back in the lineup tonight for the first time since being sidelined by injury on September 22, although Johan Franzen won’t be on the ice after being placed on the seven-game injured list.
Mike Babcock has also confirmed that Jimmy Howard will be back in the visitors net on Tuesday after Jonas Gustavsson got the start on Saturday.