MONTREAL - Here are five things you need to know ahead of Saturday's game against the Detroit Red Wings at the Bell Centre.
1. The Canadiens have been off for two full days. The last time they were in action was on Wednesday night, when they beat the Ottawa Senators 3-2 in overtime in their second game of a back-to-back. The victory was rookie Cayden Primeau's first career NHL win. The 20-year-old netminder made 35 saves and was named the game's first star in what was just his second NHL contest. He is the second goaltender in as many seasons to record his first NHL victory at age 21 or younger after Philadelphia's Carter Hart did it last season, and is the fifth-youngest goaltender in Habs history to record his first career win. Nick Cousins and Tomas Tatar scored for Montreal, and Ben Chiarot added the overtime winner. Max Domi, for his part, earned two assists in the win, which was Montreal's fourth in its last five games.
2. With an assist on Tatar's third-period goal on Wednesday, center Phillip Danault extended his points streak to five games (1G, 5A), the second time he's done so this season. If the 26-year-old earns a point against the Red Wings, he'll set a new career high with a six-game run. Danault isn't the only Hab on a five-game streak; linemate Brendan Gallagher has also earned at least a point in each of his last five (4G, 3A). His personal best came in 2015-16, when he put together seven-game streak from November 5-20, 2015 (4G, 5A).
3. On Friday afternoon, the Habs recalled forward Ryan Poehling from the AHL's Laval Rocket, and on Saturday, they called up goaltender Charlie Lindgren from Laval and sent Cayden Primeau back down to the Rocket. Although Paul Byron had skated in his first full practice with the team on Friday, he has not been given the green light and won't play against Detroit. The Canadiens held an optional morning skate ahead of their tilt with the Red Wings on Saturday, with 12 skaters and both goaltenders hitting the ice at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard. Head coach Claude Julien said he'd be icing the same lineup as he did in Wednesday's 3-2 win over the Ottawa Senators, so expect to see Poehling and Riley Barber dress up front. Carey Price was in the starter's net at the morning skate and did not speak to the media after practice, as is customary for the starting goalie, so he should be in the crease to face the Wings.
4. The Red Wings finally got their first win in December on Thursday against the Jets at home after dropping their first three of the month. In fact, their 5-2 win at home over Winnipeg helped them snap a 12-game winless streak. Darren Helm, Robby Fabri (2x), Filip Zadina, and Filip Hronek tallied for Detroit, while Jonathan Bernier made 26 stops for his sixth win of the season.
5. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. You can catch all the action on City, Sportsnet East, Sportsnet 360, and TVA Sports on television, and on TSN 690 and 98,5 fm on the radio. For tickets, click here.