The Montreal Canadiens (5-6-1) face the Detroit Red Wings (7-3-2) on Tuesday night at the Little Caesars Arena. The puck drop is scheduled for 7 p.m. EST.
The Canadiens will be looking to stop their current losing skid at two games as they get set to face the team that handed them their first loss of the season, the Detroit Red Wings.
The top line of Cole Caufield, Nick Suzuki and Kirby Dach continues to look dominant since being put together, accounting for over 60% of the Canadiens’ offence since head coach Martin St-Louis put this winning combination together.
Suzuki and Caufield share the lead in goal-scoring with eight goals each through 12 games, but the big question mark this season has been secondary scoring. Juraj Slafkovsky, who continues to get fourth-line duty, has provided three goals in the nine games he’s played so far this season.
With Brendan Gallagher, Christian Dvorak, Jonathan Drouin, Sean Monahan and Mike Hoffman accounting for eight goals in total in the last twelve games, the Canadiens are going to need them to step up in a big way.
Jake Allen is set to start again tonight after allowing six goals against the Vegas Golden Knights on Saturday. His numbers have seen a sharp decrease over the last week, posting a 0.900 save percentage and a 3.28 goals-against average.
The multiple additions to the roster made by general manager Steve Yzerman have seemingly paid off for the Red Wings, as they’ve amassed 16 points in 12 games; good for sixth overall in the NHL.
Additions like Dominik Kubalik and David Perron have provided some much-needed scoring punch in their lineup, which has helped the Red Wings balance out their forward lines with ease, without sacrificing their defensive game.
Ville Husso has seemingly taken over the role of starter this season, after posting some impressive numbers through seven games. The 27-year-old netminder has posted a 0.941 save percentage and a sparkling 1.86 goals-against average since the start of the season.
- Emil Heineman (IR)
- Mike Matheson (IR)
- Carey Price (LTIR)
- Paul Byron (LTIR)
- Robby Fabbri (IR)
- Tyler Bertuzzi (IR)
- Vrana (IR)
- Filip Zadina (DTD)
- Oskar Sundqvist (DTD)
Montreal Canadiens Projected Lines
|Cole Caufield||Nick Suzuki||Kirby Dach|
|Juraj Slafkovsky||Sean Monahan *UNCONFIRMED*||Josh Anderson|
|Evgenii Dadonov||Christian Dvorak||Joel Armia|
|Michael Pezzetta||Jake Evans||Rem Pitlick|
|Joel Edmundson||Kaiden Guhle|
|Mike Matheson||Johnathan Kovacevic|
|Arber Xhekaj||Jordan Harris|
Red Wings Projected Lines:
|TEAM||Power Play||Penalty Kill|
|Montreal Canadiens||17.1% (29th)||79.1% (12th)|
|Seattle Kraken||26.0% (8th)||66.7% (30th)|
Montreal Canadiens Game Notes:
- The last time these two teams met, Detroit shutout out the Canadiens 2-0.
- Nick Suzuki leads all Canadiens players in scoring with eight goals and seven assists in 12 games.
- Suzuki has caught up to Cole Caufield for the shared lead in goal-scoring for the Canadiens with eight goals.
- Dylan Larking and Dominik Kubalik sit at the top of the scoring hierarchy for the Red Wings with 15 points through 12 games.