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Game preview: Red Wings @ Canadiens

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

CANADIENS (5-0-0) vs. RED WINGS (3-1-0)

TV: CBC, TVA SPORTS, 7:00 p.m.

The Canadiens will put their perfect record on line on Saturday night against the visiting Detroit Red Wings.

Having picked up all ten possible points so far this season, the Habs head into Hockey Night in Canada with a franchise record 5-0-0 record to start the year. Most recently, the Canadiens, led by goaltender Carey Price, blanked the New York Rangers 3-0 in Thursday’s home opener at the Bell Centre. Price stopped all 25 shots he faced, while Tomas Fleischmann and Dale Weise beat Rangers netminder Henrik Lundqvist before Tomas Plekanec added an empty netter to seal the deal.

The Red Wings for their part lost their first game of the season on Friday night, falling 5-3 to the Carolina Hurricanes at home and leaving the Habs as the only unbeaten team in the East. Gustav Nyquist, Riley Sheahan and Teemu Pulkkinen were the Detroit goalscorers in the loss.

Henrik Zetterberg meanwhile picked up an assist to lead the NHL in points with eight (2G-6A) in just four games.

Opting to not fix something that isn’t broken, head coach Michel Therrien will once again ice the same lineup as he has the previous five games. That means Greg Pateryn, Jarred Tinordi and Paul Byron will have to wait at least one more night before hitting the ice for the first time this season.

On the other side of the ice, Red Wings skaters Darren Helm and Danny Dekeyser will come off the injured list and make their season debuts in Montreal.

Carey Price will make his fifth start of the season in goal on Saturday. The All-Star netminder holds a 7-3-1 record against Detroit all-time, with a 0.919 save percentage and 2.43 goals against average. Last season, Price went a perfect 3-0-0 against the Red Wings.

Petr Mrazek will make his second start of the season for Detroit and face Montreal for the first time. He made 44 saves in a 4-3 win at the Carolina Hurricanes a week earlier.

Unbeaten against the Red Wings since February 26, 2014, Montreal outscored Detroit 15-5 over four games a season ago.

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