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Mantha can tie Detroit record for most points through first four games; Price starts for Montreal in home opener

by Sean Farrell / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

RED WINGS (2-1-0) at CANADIENS (1-0-2)

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

 

The Game

Anthony Mantha can tie a Detroit Red Wings record for most points in the first four games of a season when they play the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre on Thursday.

The forward has seven points (five goals, two assists) in three games and was named the NHL Second Star for the week ending Oct. 6. Syd Howe holds the Red Wings record with 11 points (four goals, seven assists) after four games of the 1944-45 season.

Goalie Carey Price is expected to start for the Canadiens in their home opener. Keith Kinkaid made 34 saves in a 5-4 overtime loss at the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday.

 

Players to watch

Red Wings center Dylan Larkin has five points (one goal, four assists) in three games.

Canadiens forward Jonathan Drouin has 18 points (five goals, 13 assists) in 15 games against Detroit. He is three points from 200 in the NHL.

 

They said it

"Obviously it's opening night for them tonight so the crowd is going to be going off the chart. And for us, we just want to shut it down a little bit, have a great start, have momentum on our side, and their fans are going to be so loud." -- Red Wings forward Anthony Mantha

"We have to better on the penalty kill and we have to stop playing catch-up hockey. Eventually it's going to cost us. We're showing a lot of character, but at the same time if we fall asleep in the games it costs us and we have to rally." -- Canadiens coach Claude Julien

 

Red Wings projected lineup

Tyler Bertuzzi -- Dylan Larkin -- Anthony Mantha

Luke Glendening -- Andreas Athanasiou -- Taro Hirose

Adam Erne -- Valtteri Filppula -- Christoffer Ehn

Darren Helm -- Jacob de la Rose -- Justin Abdelkader

Patrik Nemeth -- Mike Green

Danny DeKeyser -- Filip Hronek

Madison Bowey -- Dennis Cholowski

Jonathan Bernier

Jimmy Howard

Scratched: Evgeny Svechnikov, Alex Biega

Injured: Jonathan Ericsson (undisclosed), Frans Nielsen (head), Trevor Daley (lower body)

 

Canadiens projected lineup

Tomas Tatar -- Phillip Danault -- Brendan Gallagher

Artturi Lehkonen -- Max Domi -- Nick Suzuki

Jonathan Drouin -- Jesperi Kotkaniemi -- Joel Armia

Paul Byron -- Nate Thompson - Jordan Weal

Victor Mete -- Shea Weber

Ben Chiarot -- Jeff Petry

Mike Reilly -- Christian Folin

Carey Price

Keith Kinkaid

Scratched: Brett Kulak, Cale Fleury

Injured: Nick Cousins (back)

 

Status report

Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill would not reveal any potential lineup changes after an optional morning skate at Bell Centre. … The Canadiens did not hold a morning skate.

 

Stat pack

The Red Wings have lost nine straight (0-8-1) against the Canadiens while being outscored 48-18. … Weber is one power-play goal from 100 in the NHL.

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