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Home opener: Bring on the Wings!

The Canadiens will host the Detroit Red Wings for their first home game of the 2019-20 season at the Bell Centre

by Dan Braverman @CanadiensMTL /

MONTREAL - The countdown is on: the Canadiens will play their home opener on Thursday, October 10 against their Original Six rivals, the Detroit Red Wings.

Despite the two teams' long and storied history, this will be only the eighth time the Habs will have hosted the Wings for a home opener, with the last one coming all the way back in 1970-71.

Historically, the Canadiens have fared well in home openers against Motown, as they've compiled a 5-2-0-0 record against Detroit and outscored the Red Wings 24-14 in those seven contests.

What's more, the Habs are currently riding a four-game winning streak in home openers against the Wings, having taken it in 1965-66, 1967-68, 1968-69, and 1970-71. Their last loss, by the score of 3-2 at the Forum, will date back nearly 68 years to this year's affair, as it took place on November 1, 1941.

Playing Detroit in the home opener will be extra special for at least one Hab. Tomas Tatar suited up for 407 games for the Red Wings from 2010-11 to 2017-18, recording 115 goals for 222 points over seven seasons. He was Detroit's second-round pick (60th overall) at the 2009 Draft in Montreal.

Video: DET@MTL: Tatar scores on fortuitous deflection

Tatar managed an impressive eight points (2G, 6A) in four games against his former club last season. Those totals placed Tatar second on the Canadiens against the Michigan-based squad; center Max Domi edged him out with nine points (4G, 5A) in four tilts against Detroit in 2018-19.

Video: MTL@DET: Domi goes to backhand for second goal

Captain Shea Weber is Montreal's active leading scorer against Detroit with 32 points (15G, 17A) in 59 career games.

The Canadiens swept their four-game season series against the Wings last season, outscoring them 21-7. They have a lifetime record of 290-203-96-4 against Detroit.

Stay tuned to for ticket on-sale details and dates.

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