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Price to start for Montreal, which goes for fourth straight win; Detroit aims to avoid sixth consecutive loss

by Dave Hogg / Correspondent

CANADIENS (11-12-3) at RED WINGS (10-10-5)

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


The Game

The Montreal Canadiens will try to extend their winning streak to four games when they visit the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena on Thursday.

Goaltender Carey Price will start in the second of back-to-back games after making 27 saves in a 2-1 home victory against the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday.

The Red Wings will try to avoid their season-worst sixth straight loss. This is the first half of a home-and-home series; the teams play again at Bell Centre on Saturday. 

Goaltender Jimmy Howard, who has lost all five games (0-3-2) during Detroit's skid, will start.


Players to watch

Canadiens forward Phillip Danault scored the winning goal against the Senators. It was his first goal in 15 games since scoring twice in a 5-4 win against the New York Rangers on Oct. 28. 

Red Wings forward Anthony Mantha has one goal in his past six games after having 11 points (six goals, five assists) in his previous eight games.


They said it

"You know you can mess up a little bit out there and he's most likely going to back you up, and that's something that feels pretty good." -- Canadiens defenseman Karl Alzner on goaltender Carey Price, who has won three straight since his return from a lower-body injury

"Anthony has played three very good games in a row. He hasn't gotten rewarded, but he will if he remains at this level." -- Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill on forward Anthony Mantha


Canadiens projected lineup

Alex Galchenyuk -- Phillip Danault -- Paul Byron

Max Pacioretty -- Tomas Plekanec -- Andrew Shaw

Charles Hudon -- Daniel Carr -- Brendan Gallagher

Nicolas Deslauriers -- Jacob de la Rose -- Byron Froese

Karl Alzner -- Jeff Petry

Joe Morrow -- Jordie Benn

Victor Mete -- David Schlemko

Carey Price

Antti Niemi

Scratched: Brandon Davidson, Jakub Jerabek

Injured: Shea Weber (lower body), Al Montoya (concussion), Artturi Lehkonen (lower body), Nikita Scherbak (knee), Ales Hemsky (concussion-like symptoms), Jonathan Drouin (lower body)


Red Wings projected lineup 

Anthony Mantha -- Dylan Larkin -- Tomas Tatar

David Booth -- Henrik Zetterberg -- Gustav Nyquist

Justin Abdelkader -- Frans Nielsen -- Darren Helm

Scott Wilson -- Andreas Athanasiou -- Luke Glendening

Danny DeKeyser -- Mike Green

Jonathan Ericsson -- Nick Jensen

Niklas Kronwall -- Xavier Ouellet

Jimmy Howard

Petr Mrazek

Scratched: None

Injured: Martin Frk (groin), Trevor Daley (upper body)

Suspended: Luke Witkowski


Status report

Drouin did not make the trip after sustaining his injury against Ottawa. The Canadiens recalled Carr from Laval of the American Hockey League. … Montreal did not hold a morning skate. … Blashill said Daley and Frk each would be a game-time decision.


Stat pack

Galchenyuk has three points (one goal, two assists) in his past three games. … Abdelkader has eight points (two goals, six assists) in his past seven games.

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