NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Monday, October 20th
(All times eastern)
Detroit Red Wings (3-1-0-0) at Montreal Canadiens (3-2-0-0), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Detroit Red Wings try to bounce back from their first
loss of the season tonight when they close out a brief two-game road swing
against the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre.
Detroit was denied its first 4-0 start since the 1997-98 season on Saturday
when they were edged 4-3 by the Pittsburgh Penguins. Mathieu Schneider had two
assists, while Henrik Zetterberg, Tomas Holmstrom and Darren McCarty all
tallied for the Red Wings, who blew a one goal third period lead. Last year
Detroit lost just three games when leading after two periods,
Dominik Hasek stopped just 13-of-17 shots in the loss.
Detroit gave Pittsburgh eight power plays, including seven in the opening 24
minutes. The Penguins, though, were able to cash in on just one.
On the bright side, Brett Hull returned to the Red Wings' lineup after missing
Thursday's game against Vancouver with a sore back.
Detroit, which returns home to face the Columbus Blue Jackets on Wednesday,
was 11-1-2 coming off road losses in 2002-03.
The Canadiens also come into tonight's tilt on a sour note after getting
blanked 1-0 by the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday. Jose Theodore made 24
saves for Montreal, which had its three-game winning streak stopped and lost
for the second time in five games to start the season (3-2).
Theodore, who kept the Canadiens close throughout the contest, stopped Nik
Antropov on a short-handed breakaway early in the third period to keep the
Habs' deficit at 1-0.
Montreal pulled Theodore in favor of an extra skater late in the third period,
but goaltender Ed Belfour knocked the puck behind the net in the closing
seconds to preserve the victory. The Habs had just two shots on Belfour in the
Tonight's contest also features the two highest scoring defenseman, as
Detroit's Nicklas Lidstrom (2g, 3a) and Montreal?s Andre Markov (1g, 4a) are
tied for first among NHL rearguards in points. Since the 2002-03 regular
season the Red Wings are 18-1-1 when Lidstrom scores a goal.
Montreal won its lone matchup with the Red Wings last season, but has dropped
seven of the last nine meetings. Detroit has also won two straight and four of
its last five on the Canadiens' ice.
10/20 10:32:31 ET