DETROIT - Here are five things you need to know ahead of Tuesday night's game against the Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena.
1. The Canadiens are playing the second game of a back-to-back on Tuesday. The night before, they fell 3-2 to the Winnipeg Jets at the Bell Centre, and are still in search of their first win of the calendar year. Former Jet Ben Chiarot scored a pair of goals against his former team, and set a new career high in goals with his seventh of the season. Carey Price made 24 saves in the loss, and Max Domi saw his points streak come to an end at nine games.
2. Ilya Kovalchuk made his Canadiens debut against the Jets, and he made quite the impression in front of the Bell Centre faithful. Kovalchuk, who signed with the Canadiens on Friday, saw the second-most ice time among Habs forwards, logging 19:25, including 2:28 of power play time. The Russian sniper earned an assist on Chiarot's second of the night, making him the third-oldest player to earn a point in his Canadiens debut in franchise history. The 36-year-old finished with a plus-2 differential, registered a team-high four shots on goal (tied with Victor Mete), and dished out a game-high six hits. The Habs are hoping to rely on the veteran's productivity against Detroit, as he's collected 10 points (1G, 9A) in 11 career games against the Red Wings.
3. The Habs left for Detroit immediately following the Winnipeg game. A visit to Motown is always a special one for former Red Wing Tomas Tatar, who's scored three goals for 10 points in seven contests against his old club, and for Ann Arbor native Jeff Petry, who has 14 points (3G, 11A) in 30 games against Detroit. The team did not hold a morning skate on Tuesday after arriving late the night before following the Jets game. During his afternoon pregame media availability, head coach Claude Julien told reporters that Charlie Lindgren would get the start in goal, and that Lukas Vejdemo and Brett Kulak would dress in place of Jordan Weal and Cale Fleury.
4. The Red Wings are also still looking for their first win of the calendar year. In their last outing, they dropped a 4-2 decision to the Blackhawks in Chicago after blowing a 2-0 lead on Sunday. Filip Zadina and Luke Glendening were the goal-scorers for Detroit, which lost its eighth game in nine tries. Jimmy Howard made 23 saves in a losing effort. Tyler Bertuzzi is Detroit's leading goal-scorer and point-getter with 15 and 31, respectively. Dylan Larkin (10G, 17A, 27P) and Anthony Mantha (12G, 12A, 24P) are next in line on the team's scoring list. Jonathan Bernier is expected to make the start in goal for the Wings.
5. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. You can catch all the action on TSN2 and RDS on television, and on TSN 690 and 98,5 fm on the radio.