Postgame: Canadiens @ Red Wings – 3/24

The Red Wings probably don’t deserve to make the playoffs. I don’t even want to talk about how they nearly blew a 4-0 lead heading into the third period against the Canadiens tonight.

Instead, I want to talk about the best image of the season.

Anthony Mantha, playing in his first-ever home game for the Detroit Red Wings, scores his first career NHL goals.

In the stands is his grandfather, former Canadien and Red Wing Andre Pronovost. Seventy-nine years old. With tears in his eyes.

It was really a beautiful sight.

Stupid Stat of the Day: Canadiens @ Red Wings – 3/24

The Red Wings play the Canadiens tonight, the first of two matchups in the final seventeen days. It marks the twentieth time that the two teams meet in the season’s last seventeen days.

The most recent time was 2014 when Detroit lost both games.

Of the nineteen previous seasons where this occurred, the Red Wings – who are on the outside of the playoffs looking in right now – made the postseason fourteen times.