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Price can set Montreal wins record; Detroit 1-7-3 in past 11 games

by Sean Farrell / Correspondent

RED WINGS (24-35-10) at CANADIENS (36-26-7)

7:30 p.m. ET; TSN2, RDS, FS-D, NHL.TV


The Game

Carey Price can set the Montreal Canadiens wins record when they play the Detroit Red Wings at Bell Centre on Tuesday.

Price is 314-221-67 in 12 seasons with Montreal and tied in wins with Jacques Plante, who was 314-133 with 107 ties from 1952-63. The NHL eliminated ties in favor of the shootout for the 2005-06 season.

The Canadiens, who have lost three of their past four games, were outscored 13-4 in consecutive losses to end a three-game road trip. They are tied in points (79) with the Columbus Blue Jackets, who hold the first wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference.

The Red Wings will try to avoid a third straight loss. They are 1-7-3 in their past 11 games and 15th in the Eastern Conference with 58 points.


Players to watch

Red Wings forward Thomas Vanek has four points (two goals, two assists) in his past four games. 

Canadiens defenseman Shea Weber has four points (two goals, two assists) in his past three games.


They said it

"We need everybody playing as close to their A game as possible. We can't afford to have guys play their B or C game." -- Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill

"At the end of the day our fate is in our hands. We control what we do. If we win hockey games it doesn't matter what happens elsewhere, and that's got to be our focus." -- Canadiens forward Paul Byron


Red Wings projected lineup

Tyler Bertuzzi -- Andreas Athanasiou -- Anthony Mantha

Thomas Vanek -- Frans Nielsen -- Filip Zadina

Justin Abdelkader -- Luke Glendening -- Darren Helm

Christoffer Ehn -- Jacob de la Rose -- Michael Rasmussen

Danny DeKeyser -- Filip Hronek

Niklas Kronwall -- Madison Bowey

Jonathan Ericsson -- Trevor Daley

Jonathan Bernier

Jimmy Howard

Scratched: Luke Witkowski

Injured: Dylan Larkin (neck), Mike Green (virus)


Canadiens projected lineup

Tomas Tatar -- Phillip Danault -- Brendan Gallagher

Paul Byron -- Max Domi -- Andrew Shaw

Jonathan Drouin -- Jesperi Kotkaniemi -- Joel Armia

Artturi Lehkonen -- Nate Thompson -- Jordan Weal

Victor Mete -- Shea Weber

Brett Kulak -- Jeff Petry

Jordie Benn -- Christian Folin

Carey Price

Antti Niemi

Scratched: Charles Hudon, Nicolas Deslauriers, Matthew Peca, Dale Weise, Mike Reilly, Charlie Lindgren

Injured: None


Status report

Larkin will miss his fourth straight game and Blashill didn't say when he could return. "It looks like a soft tissue issue so from a long-term prognosis, that's great," he said. … Lindgren was recalled from Laval of the American Hockey League on Monday and will remain with the Canadiens for the remainder of the regular season.


Stat pack

Mantha has 13 points (five goals, eight assists) in his past 13 games. … Gallagher has eight points (seven goals, one assist) in his past nine games. ... Drouin has not had a point in 12 of his past 13 games. He had four assists in an 8-1 win in Detroit on Feb. 26.

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