RED WINGS (8-22-3) at CANADIENS (15-11-6)
7 p.m. ET; NHLN, SN360, CITY, SNE, TVAS, FS-D, NHL.TV
Anthony Mantha will return for the Detroit Red Wings when they face the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre on Saturday.
Mantha has missed Detroit's previous eight games because of a lower-body injury. The Red Wings went 1-7-0 without him. Andreas Athanasiou also is expected to play after missing two games with an undisclosed injury.
Detroit seeks consecutive victories for the first time since winning three in a row from Nov. 8 - 12. It ended a 12-game winless streak (0-10-2) with a 5-2 victory against the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday.
Carey Price, who has 334 NHL wins, is expected to start for Montreal, which has won three in a row. He needs one win to pass Cam Ward for sole possession of 23rd place on the NHL all-time list.
The Canadiens are 4-1-0 in their past five games following an eight-game winless streak (0-5-3).
Players to watch
Red Wings forward Filip Zadina had a goal and two assists for his first NHL multipoint game Thursday. He has six points (one goal, five assists) in his past five games.
Canadiens forward Brendan Gallagher has seven points (four goals, three assists) during a five-game point streak.
They said it
"Obviously you don't want to miss any games but it was hard seeing the team struggle and not be able to do anything, and I'm just excited to be back and try to help the team win." -- Red Wings forward Anthony Mantha
"They're a good skating team. They move the puck well, and they came in here at the beginning of the season and played a really solid game. … And if you believe in parity, which we do, there's no reason to take these guys lightly." -- Canadiens coach Claude Julien
Red Wings projected lineup
Tyler Bertuzzi -- Dylan Larkin -- Robby Fabbri
Anthony Mantha -- Valtteri Filppula -- Filip Zadina
Andreas Athanasiou -- Frans Nielsen -- Adam Erne
Darren Helm -- Justin Abdelkader -- Luke Glendening
Patrik Nemeth -- Mike Green
Trevor Daley -- Filip Hronek
Madison Bowey -- Alex Biega
Scratched: Brendan Perlini, Christoffer Ehn, Dylan McIlrath
Injured: Jonathan Ericsson (undisclosed), Danny DeKeyser (lower body), Jimmy Howard (lower body)
Canadiens projected lineup
Tomas Tatar -- Phillip Danault -- Brendan Gallagher
Artturi Lehkonen -- Max Domi -- Joel Armia
Nick Cousins -- Nick Suzuki -- Jordan Weal
Ryan Poehling -- Nate Thompson -- Riley Barber
Ben Chiarot -- Shea Weber
Brett Kulak -- Jeff Petry
Otto Leskinen -- Cale Fleury
Scratched: Mike Reilly, Christian Folin
Injured: Jonathan Drouin (wrist), Paul Byron (knee), Victor Mete (ankle), Matthew Peca (leg), Jesperi Kotkaniemi (concussion)
Kotkaniemi and Mete will be on the Canadiens' road trip, which starts agains the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday, but Byron will not. … Lindgren was recalled from Laval of the American Hockey League. Rookie goalie Cayden Primeau was assigned to Laval.
Hronek has four points (two goals, two assists) in his past three games, including his first NHL three-point game Thursday. … Danault has six points (one goal, five assists) during a five-game point streak.