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Game Preview: Canadiens @ Red Wings

Habs wrap up 2016-17 regular season schedule in Detroit on Saturday

by Montreal Canadiens @CanadiensMTL / canadiens.com

MTL (46-25-9) @ DET (32-36-12)

DETROIT -- The Canadiens wrap up their regular season schedule with a final visit to Joe Louis Arena on Saturday.

The legendary Detroit arena, which originally opened its doors in 1979, will host its final game on Sunday, before the Red Wings can officially start calling the brand new Little Caesars Arena home next season.

The Habs' final visit to the iconic building will be their 39th in franchise history, having gone 15-18-4-1 over that span to date.

Video: The Habs remember Joe Louis Arena

Following Friday's 4-2 loss against the Lightning, Montreal has now dropped a pair of consecutive games since clinching the Atlantic Division on Monday -- although the standings have nevertheless remained intact.

As head coach Claude Julien looks to rest some of his players prior to the postseason, Carey Price, Alexander Radulov, Max Pacioretty, and Andrei Markov did not travel with the team to Michigan.

Goaltender Charlie Lindgren meanwhile will be back between the pipes for a second outing this week following Monday's win in Florida.

Without a morning skate on Saturday, Julien confirmed later in the afternoon that Tomas Plekanec will have a night off in Detroit, while recent call-up Mikhail Sergachev will be in uniform and paired on the blue line with Nikita Nesterov.

At the other end of the ice, Detroit is coming off a 2-0 loss to Ottawa on Tuesday, and Jeff Blashill's men are now 4-5-1 in their last 10 games.

Eliminated from playoff contention, the Red Wings will miss the postseason for the first time since the 1989-90 season this spring -- ending the NHL's longest active streak in that category.

Saturday's game will be the fifth and deciding meeting between two teams who have split the season series so far with two wins apiece.

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