NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Monday, January 15th
(All times eastern)
Montreal Canadiens (25-15-5) at Detroit Red Wings (28-12-5), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Montreal Canadiens conclude a three-game road trip
tonight in Detroit, where the Habs will attempt to rebound from one of their
worst losses of the season when they take on the Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena.
After opening the swing with a victory in Philadelphia on Thursday, Montreal
yielded a season-high goal total in Saturday's 8-3 shellacking at the hands of
the rival Ottawa Senators.
Cristobal Huet, who was named to the Eastern Conference All-Star squad on
Saturday, allowed six Ottawa goals on 25 shots before being replaced by David
Aebischer early in the second period.
Chris Higgins, Craig Rivet and Sheldon Souray all had goals for the Canadiens,
who have lost six of their last nine games and now own only a one-point edge
on the Senators for second place in the Northeast Division.
Detroit, meanwhile, has won three in a row and kicked off a three-game
homestand in fine fashion on Saturday. Jason Williams netted a pair of goals
and Henrik Zetterberg finished with three assists to power the Red Wings to a
6-3 victory over slumping Chicago.
Robert Lang added a goal and an assist for Detroit, which also received two
helpers each from Nicklas Lidstrom, Pavel Datsyuk and Mikael Samuelsson.
Backup goaltender Chris Osgood stopped 33 shots to notch his fifth win of the
Zetterberg, selected a Western Conference All-Star reserve over the weekend,
has now compiled seven assists over his last four outings.
Detroit has now won four in a row at Joe Louis Arena and is an impressive
15-3-3 at home for the season. Montreal sports an 11-9-2 mark as the visitor.
Tonight's matchup will be the first meeting between these two Original Six
clubs since October 20, 2003, when the Habs skated away to a 2-1 victory in
Montreal. The Canadiens are just 3-10-1 (one tie) in their last 14 visits to
Detroit, which has won seven of the last 10 games in this series.
01/15 10:38:57 ET