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Preview: Red Wings at Canadiens

Forward Anthony Mantha makes season debut for Detroit; Montreal goalie Carey Price after team record

by Sean Farrell / NHL.com Correspondent

RED WINGS (8-6-1) at CANADIENS (12-1-1)

7 p.m. ET; SN, TVA Sports, FS-D, NHL.TV

 

Red Wings team scope

Detroit Red Wings forward Anthony Mantha will have at least 30 family and friends on hand when he makes his season debut at Bell Centre on Saturday. Mantha was tied for the American Hockey League lead with eight goals in 10 games when he was recalled from Grand Rapids on Friday. "My message to him was similar to my message to Thomas Vanek at the beginning of the year, be accountable defensively, win your one-on-one puck races and battles, and track hard, come back on the backcheck hard," coach Jeff Blashill said. "If he does those three things his talent will take him lots of places. So he's got lots and lots of talent and a big body, we want that, but those three things, they're non-starters. You have to do those in order to play for our hockey team." Recalled after forward Andreas Athanasiou injured his knee during Detroit's 3-1 win against the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday, Mantha had two goals and one assist in 10 games with the Red Wings last season. He scored each of his goals against Montreal. "It's unbelievable to be back home, playing against your home team that you followed when you were young, and I'm just pretty excited to be here right now," Mantha said.

 

Canadiens team scope

Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price has nine wins in as many starts, which is tied for the team record from the start of a season set by Charlie Hodge in 1960-61. Price's 12-game winning streak is the longest by an NHL goalie since Jonas Hiller won 14 straight for the Anaheim Ducks from Dec. 6, 2013 to Jan. 12, 2014. Montreal improved to 9-0-0 at Bell Centre with a 4-1 win against the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday. The Canadiens' perfect start at home tied their record for the longest such streak set by the 1953-54 team, which lost its 10th home game of the season to Detroit at the Montreal Forum. Coach Michel Therrien will use the same lineup from Thursday against the Red Wings.

 

Red Wings projected lineup

Henrik Zetterberg -- Gustav Nyquist -- Dylan Larkin

Tomas Tatar -- Frans Nielsen - Anthony Mantha

Riley Sheahan -- Darren Helm -- Justin Abdelkader

Steve Ott -- Luke Glendening -- Tyler Bertuzzi

Danny DeKeyser -- Mike Green

Jonathan Ericsson -- Alexey Marchenko

Niklas Kronwall -- Brendan Smith

Jimmy Howard

Petr Mrazek

Scratched: Xavier Ouellet, Drew Miller, Ryan Sproul
  
Injured: Andreas Athanasiou (knee), Thomas Jurco (back), Thomas Vanek (lower body), Johan Franzen (concussion), Joe Vitale (concussion)

 

Canadiens projected lineup

Paul Byron -- Alex Galchenyuk -- Alexander Radulov

Sven Andrighetto -- Tomas Plekanec -- Brendan Gallagher

Max Pacioretty -- Phillip Danault -- Andrew Shaw

Daniel Carr -- Torrey Mitchell -- Brian Flynn

Alexei Emelin -- Shea Weber

Andrei Markov -- Jeff Petry

Nathan Beaulieu -- Joel Hanley

Carey Price

Al Montoya

Scratched: David Desharnais, Greg Pateryn

Injured: Artturi Lehkonen (upper body), Zach Redmond (broken foot)

 

Status report

Ouellet will be left out of the lineup for a fifth straight game. ... Vanek took part in the morning skate. ... Desharnais is a healthy scratch for the second straight game. Prior to this, he had not been a scratch since the 2013-14 season.

 

Who's hot

Zetterberg has three assists in his past two games, and two goals and four assists in his past five. ... Galchenyuk, who has scored in three straight games, has nine points in seven games (five goals, four assists). ... Radulov has four assists during a three-game streak and one goal and six assists in his past six games. ... Price has one shutout, a 1.56 goals-against average and a .953 save percentage.

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