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Preview: Red Wings at Canadiens

Montreal aims to grow Atlantic lead; Detroit forward Tomas Nosek looking to build on solid NHL debut

by Sean Farrell / NHL.com Correspondent

RED WINGS (28-32-11) at CANADIENS (41-23-8)

7:30 p.m. ET; SNE, RDS, FS-D, NHL.TV

 

Red Wings team scope

The Detroit Red Wings did not have a morning skate Tuesday following their 2-1 loss against the Buffalo Sabres on Monday. Forward Tomas Nosek made his NHL debut Monday and made a good impression on coach Jeff Blashill. Nosek led the Red Wings with six shots in 10:05 of ice time. "I thought he skated well," Blashill told the Detroit Free Press on Monday. "I thought his skating looked good, he can make a play with the puck, he's been accountable defensively. ... When you're accountable defensively that earns you trust, you get on the ice. I thought he was good, I thought he was dangerous." Center Ben Street was recalled from Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League under emergency conditions. If he plays it would be his first NHL game since Nov. 17, 2015, as a member of the Colorado Avalanche.

 

Canadiens team scope

The Montreal Canadiens have a four-point lead on the Ottawa Senators, who have a game in hand, in the Atlantic Division. Goalie Al Montoya will start. Coach Claude Julien said Carey Price earned a rest after making back-to-back starts in wins against the Senators on Saturday and Sunday. The Canadiens play nine of their final 10 games against teams that currently do not have a spot in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs. "I think this team's getting ready, absolutely, but there's still 10 games to go," said center Steve Ott, who will play against his former team after sitting out the Canadiens' 4-1 win against the Senators on Sunday. "I think we're ramping up after the last five weeks, and you incorporate five new guys into the lineup and juggling things around and you continue to build a process towards the playoffs."

 

Red Wings projected lineup

Tomas Tatar -- Henrik Zetterberg -- Gustav Nyquist

Andreas Athanasiou -- Dylan Larkin -- Justin Abdelkader

Anthony Mantha -- Frans Nielsen -- Riley Sheahan

Tomas Nosek -- Luke Glendening -- Drew Miller

Danny DeKeyser -- Nick Jensen

Mike Green -- Niklas Kronwall

Robbie Russo -- Xavier Ouellet

Jimmy Howard

Petr Mrazek

Scratched: Ben Street

Injured: Tyler Bertuzzi (ankle), Jonathan Ericsson (wrist), Ryan Sproul (knee), Darren Helm (leg), Mitch Callahan (shoulder)

 

Canadiens projected lineup

Max Pacioretty -- Alex Galchenyuk -- Alexander Radulov

Paul Byron -- Tomas Plekanec -- Brendan Gallagher

Artturi Lehkonen -- Phillip Danault -- Andrew Shaw

Dwight King -- Steve Ott -- Torrey Mitchell

Andrei Markov -- Shea Weber

Alexei Emelin -- Jeff Petry

Nathan Beaulieu -- Jordie Benn

Al Montoya

Carey Price

Scratched: Brandon Davidson, Michael McCarron, Andreas Martinsen

Injured: Nikita Nesterov (lower body), Brian Flynn (upper body)

 

Status report

Red Wings general manager Ken Holland told the Detroit Free Press that Street's lineup status depends on whether an undisclosed forward who played Monday is available. ... Martinsen will be a healthy scratch for a fifth straight game, but Julien said he expects he'll play soon while he continues rotating players into the lineup to keep them fresh. "We need to continue to create that inner competition that keeps everybody on their toes and keeps our team playing its best," Julien said.

 

Who's hot

Zetterberg has five points (one goal, four assists) during a three-game point streak, and has 19 points (two goals, 17 assists) in his past 14 games, including eight multipoint games. Tatar has goals in three straight games, and six points (four goals, two assists) during that stretch. Green has four points (one goal, three assists) during a three-game point streak. ... Byron has eight points (six goals, two assists) in his past eight games. Gallagher has four points (one goal, three assists) during a four-game point streak. Weber has three points (one goal, two assists) during a three-game point streak.

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