Canadiens vs. Red Wings Game thread, rosters, lines, how to watch

Montreal faces Detroit in an Original Six matchup.

The Montreal Canadiens welcome the Detroit Red Wings to Montreal tonight, and there will be an interesting matchup in goal.

Jimmy Howard has gained the confidence of head coach Jeff Blashill, and has proved his worth over young Petr Mrazek thus far. He currently leads all goaltenders with a .961 save percentage and 1.22 goals-against average.

The Wings visit having won their last two games, and sit fourth in the Atlantic Division. Quebec native Anthony Mantha was recalled from AHL affiliate Grand Rapids Griffins, and will draw into the lineup for the Wings. Detroit’s prized prospect is having an excellent AHL campaign so far, leading the Griffins with 10 points. In two career games against the Canadiens, he has two goals, so he’ll be interesting to watch tonight.

On the other side of the ice, Carey Price has been nothing short of perfect this season, as he sports a impressive 9-0-0 record, sits third in the NHL with a 1.56 goals-against average, and second with a .953 save percentage. This will be first of back-to-back games for the Canadiens, so expect to see Al Montoya in the crease tomorrow vs. the Chicago Blackhawks.

The Habs are also coming off perhaps their most impressive win of the season versus the L.A. Kings, where they finally managed to stop bleeding shots against, limiting the Kings to only 24 pucks on net.

Alex Galchenyuk is currently riding a three-game goal streak, and has looked excellent alongside Alexander Radulov, who has four points in the last three games, as well. Paul Byron has looked very good alongside these two, and has been a great surprise thus far.

Puck Drop is 7:00 PM EST / 4:00 PM PDT

How to watch

Canada (English): Sportsnet

Canada (French): TVA Sports

Red Wings Region: FS-D

Elsewhere: Gamecentre Live, NHL Centre Ice

Update: David Desharnais will play tonight, as Brian Flynn will be kept out of the lineup with an upper-body injury.

Montreal Canadiens Projected Lineup

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Paul Byron Alex Galchenyuk Alexander Radulov
Sven Andrighetto Tomas Plekanec Brendan Gallagher
Max Pacioretty Philip Danault Andrew Shaw
Daniel Carr Torrey Mitchell David Desharnais
Left Defence Right Defence
Alexei Emelin Shea Weber
Andrei Markov Jeff Petry
Nathan Beaulieu Joel Hanley
Carey Price
Al Montoya

Scratched: David Desharnais, Greg Pateryn

Injured: Artturi Lehkonen (upper-body injury), Zach Redmond (foot)

Detroit Red Wings Projected Lineup

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Dylan Larkin Henrik Zetterberg Gustav Nyquist
Tomas Tatar Frans Nielsen Anthony Mantha
Riley Sheahan Darren Helm Justin Abdelkader
Tyler Bertuzzi Luke Glendening Steve Ott
Left Defence Right Defence
Danny DeKeyser Mike Green
Niklas Kronwall Brendan Smith
Jonathan Ericsson Alexey Marchenko
Jimmy Howard
Petr Mrazek

Scratches: Drew Miller, Ryan Sproul, Xavier Ouellet

Injuries: Andreas Athansiou (sprained knee), Thomas Vanek (mid-body injury), Tomas Jurco (back), Johan Franzen (concussion), Joe Vitale (concussion)

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