After making history on Thursday night, the Montreal Canadiens are back in the same building that is slowly become the setting of its own legendary moments, such as the Canadiens winning their 5th game in a row to start the season for the first time in their history. Only two teams remain unbeaten at this point in the season: the Canadiens and the San Jose Sharks who sit at 4-0-0.
The Detroit Red Wings were among the club of unbeaten teams until last night until they gave up a loss to the Carolina Hurricanes who earned their first win of the season on a 36-20 shot on net (56-38CF) performance. Based off last night's performance, the Red Wings will be looking to rebound but are without a number of key players including Pavel Datsyuk and Johan Franzen. Relying on their impeccable structure and the goal-scoring touch of Justin Abdelkader, the Red Wings are certainly capable of handing the Canadiens their first loss of the season despite being understaffed.
Meanwhile, the Canadiens have made no changes to the winning line-up that has come together early in the season to create history. It is indeed surprising the Canadiens have never won 5 in a row to start a season in their history, but not to be discarded. The Canadiens would have to win 5 games more in a row to tie the NHL record of 10 wins in a row to start a season owned by the 2006-07 Buffalo Sabres and 1993-94 Toronto Maple Leafs. With Carey Price in the net, anything is possible. With the Habs also scoring at a frequency of 3.2 goals-per game in the first 5 games, they are playing the type of hockey they need to in order to win games.
The puck drops at 7:00PM EDT.
How To Watch:
In Canada (French): TVA Sports
In Canada (English): CBC
In the Red Wings' region: FS-D
In the US: NHL Network
Elsewhere: NHL GameCenter, NHL Center Ice
|Max Pacioretty||Tomas Plekanec||Brendan Gallagher|
|Lars Eller||Alex Galchenyuk||Alexander Semin|
|Tomas Fleischmann||David Desharnais||Dale Weise|
|Brian Flynn||Torrey Mitchell||Devante Smith-Pelly|
|Andrei Markov||P.K. Subban|
|Alexei Emelin||Jeff Petry|
|Nathan Beaulieu||Tom Gilbert|
Scratched: Greg Pateryn, Jarred Tinordi, Paul Byron
Injuries: Michael Bournival (post-concussion syndrome)
|Justin Abdelkader||Henrik Zetterberg||Dylan Larkin|
|Tomas Tatar||Brad Richards||Tomas Jurco|
|Gustav Nyquist||Riley Sheahan||Teemu Pulkkinen|
|Drew Miller||Joakim Andersson||Landon Ferraro|
|Niklas Kronwall||Jonathan Ericsson|
|Kyle Quincey||Mike Green|
|Danny Dekeyser||Jakub Kindl|
Scratched: Alexey Marchenko, Joakim Andersson
Injuries: Pavel Datsyuk (ankle), Darren Helm (shoulder, concussion), Danny DeKeyser (foot), Johan Franzen (concussion-like symtpoms)
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