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Montreal looking for first win in seven games; Detroit trying for second victory in 10

by Dave Hogg / Independent Correspondent

CANADIENS (18-18-7) at RED WINGS (10-30-3)

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


The Game

The Montreal Canadiens will try for their first win in seven games when they play the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena on Tuesday.

Montreal is coming off a 3-2 loss to the Winnipeg Jets at Bell Centre on Monday and is 0-5-1 in its past six games.

The Red Wings are 1-8-0 in their past nine games but 2-0-0 against the Canadiens this season. Each of those games was in Montreal.


Players to watch

Canadiens forward Max Domi has 12 points (six goals, six assists) in his past 10 games.

Red Wings center Dylan Larkin has five points (two goals, three assists) in his past five games.


They said it

"We feel like we're playing the right way for the most part, just obviously not scoring as many goals as we need to. We're doing the right things, we're just not finishing around their net. So that's going to have to come by committee right now, and we're going to have to dig around their net a little harder." -- Canadiens defenseman Ben Chiarot

"The two wins we've had against them have been very different. The first time we played really, really well and caught them on a back-to-back, just like tonight. The more recent time, I'd say we played a good game but not one of our best. (Goalie Jonathan Bernier) was really the difference." -- Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill on Detroit's two wins against the Canadiens this season


Canadiens projected lineup

Tomas Tatar -- Phillip Danault -- Ilya Kovalchuk

Artturi Lehkonen -- Max Domi -- Nick Suzuki

Ryan Poehling -- Jesperi Kotkaniemi -- Nick Cousins

Jordan Weal -- Nate Thompson -- Dale Weise

Ben Chiarot -- Shea Weber

Marco Scandella -- Jeff Petry

Victor Mete -- Cale Fleury

Carey Price

Charlie Lindgren

Scratched: Christian Folin, Brett Kulak, Lukas Vejdemo

Injured: Brendan Gallagher (concussion), Paul Byron (upper body), Joel Armia (hand), Jonathan Drouin (wrist), Matthew Peca (knee)


Red Wings projected lineup

Tyler Bertuzzi -- Dylan Larkin -- Robby Fabbri

Filip Zadina -- Valtteri Filppula -- Luke Glendening

Darren Helm -- Frans Nielsen -- Adam Erne

Christoffer Ehn -- Brendan Perlini -- Givani Smith

Patrik Nemeth -- Mike Green

Alex Biega -- Filip Hronek

Brian Lashoff -- Madison Bowey

Jonathan Bernier

Jimmy Howard

Scratched: Justin Abdelkader

Injured: Danny DeKeyser (back), Anthony Mantha (upper body), Jonathan Ericsson (face), Andreas Athanasiou (lower body), Trevor Daley (lower body)


Status report

The Canadiens did not skate Tuesday morning after playing Monday, while the Red Wings held an optional morning skate. … Gallagher made the trip to Detroit but will not play. … Daley will miss the game after an injury sustained blocking a shot against Chicago.


Stat pack

Tatar has 10 points (three goals, seven assists) in seven games against the Red Wings. He played his first 407 NHL games with Detroit before being traded to the Vegas Golden Knights on Feb. 26, 2018. … Bernier is 3-3-0 with a .943 save percentage in his past seven games.

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