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Habs look to increase lead in the Atlantic as the Red Wings come to town

NHL: Montreal Canadiens at Detroit Red Wings Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

With only 10 regular season games left for the Habs, it’s getting down to the wire in the Atlantic Division. A successful home & home sweep of the Senators this past weekend allowed the Habs to earn some breathing room atop the division, but they’re are only 4 points ahead of Ottawa for the division lead. They need to keep the momentum rolling in order to finish the season off strong.

The Habs’ offence is clicking right now, and goals seem to be coming from various sources. Paul Byron scored his 20th of the season on Sunday, and has 6 points in his last 4 games. Nathan Beaulieu had a goal and an assist on Sunday as well. Needless to say, if the Habs continue creating balanced scoring, they are certainly a big threat in the Eastern Conference.

Carey Price has returned to his old ways, and had a fantastic game against Ottawa, making 31 saves, accompanied by a .968 save percentage. However it will be Al Montoya starting against the Wings tonight.

On the other end of the spectrum, the Red Wings are at risk of missing the playoffs for the first time in 25 years. Detroit sits dead last in the Atlantic Division with 67 points, and are due for a rebuild. They’ve lost 3 out of their last 5, and will be in tough against the Habs.

Veteran Henrik Zetterberg leads the Wings with 60 points, followed by Tomas Tatar at 39. Dylan Larkin, another notable player, has had a rough sophomore season, with 27 points in 69 games, although he has been hot lately, with 8 points in his last 9 outings.

How to watch

Puck drop: 7:30 PM EDT / 4:30 PM PDT

In Canada: Sportsnet East (English), RDS (French)

In the United States: FS-D

Elsewhere: NHL.tv/NHL Gamecentre Live, NHL Center Ice

Montreal Canadiens Projected Lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Max Pacioretty Phillip Danault Alexander Radulov
Paul Byron Tomas Plekanec Brendan Gallagher
Alex Galchenyuk Andrew Shaw Artturi Lehkonen
Dwight King Michael McCarron Torrey Mitchell

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Andrei Markov Shea Weber
Alexei Emelin Jeff Petry
Nathan Beaulieu Jordie Benn

Goalies

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
Al Montoya
Carey Price

Scratched: Michael McCarron, Andreas Martinsen, Brandon Davidson

Injured: Nikita Nesterov, Brian Flynn (upper body)

Detroit Red Wings Projected Lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Gustav Nyquist Henrik Zetterberg Tomas Tatar
Riley Sheahan Frans Nielsen Anthony Mantha
Andreas Anthanasiou Dylan Larkin Justin Abdelkader
Luke Glendening Tomas Nosek Drew Miller

Defence

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Dan DeKeyser Nick Jensen
Niklas Kronwal Mike Green
Xavier Ouellet Robbie Russo

Goalies

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
Jimmy Howard
Petr Mrazek