Coming off a dominant 4-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks, the Red Wings take on another Original Six foe tonight as they host the Montreal Canadiens.
The last time the two teams met, the Red Wings thought they’d gotten a late goal by Pavel Datsyuk to put them up on the Habs, but the goal was called back on Justin Abdelkader’s goalie interference against Carey Price and Montreal went on to win in overtime.
Price will be on the bench for the Canadiens tonight, having gotten the start in Montreal’s 6-3 win over the Philadelphia Flyers last night. Backup Dustin Tokarski gets the nod against Detroit’s Jimmy Howard.
The only lineup change for the Red Wings from the Chicago game is Brian Lashoff in for Jakub Kindl on defense. Kindl didn’t play for the final thirty minutes on Friday. Andrej Nestrasil and Daniel Cleary will be the healthy scratches, with Stephen Weiss and Jonas Gustavsson still on IR.
Stupid stat of the day: The last time the winning team scored fewer than five goals in a November 16th game in Detroit was the Red Wings’ 3-2 win over Chicago in 1959.
I’ll be on Montreal Hockey Talk‘s pregame show at about 6:20 to talk about the matchup.
Game time is 7:00 PM on FSD.