Eastern Conference Atlantic division rivals face off tonight as the Montreal Canadiens host the Detroit Red Wings.
Detroit enters today’s contest having recently snapped a 12-game losing streak after defeating Winnipeg 5-2 on the home end of a home-and-home series. Meanwhile, Montreal has claimed three straight wins, and four of five, to take third place in the Atlantic. Detroit holds an early-season home win 4-2 over Montreal. Though, since, each team has taken opposite directions.
The Canadiens open as -240 favorites for this second meeting vs. the Red Wings.
Detroit looks for consecutive wins for first time since early Nov.After a prolonged losing streak, which places Detroit at both the bottom of the Atlantic Division and NHL, the Red Wings broke through Thurs. winning 5-2 vs. Winnipeg. Robby Fabbri added two goals and Falip Zadina one goal and two assists as Detroit ended an offensive drought which saw the Wings score just seven times in eight games. Tonight’s Red Wings probable Jonathan Bernier stopped 26 of 28 Jets shots to claim his sixth win this season. Bernier’s record stands at 6-9-2 with a 3.34 gaa and .890 save percentage.
Carley Johnston was in the locker room this afternoon to talk last night's 5-2 win and get a status update from Anthony Mantha. pic.twitter.com/8PY5mk5ynm— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) December 13, 2019
Overall, Detroit places last offensively and defensively as their core hasn’t made consistent plays all year. The Red Wings convert power plays at a 16.2 percent rate (#24 NHL) and stop 82.7 percent of opposing man advantages -also an NHL low. Detroit is 3-11-1 away and have lost their last six in opposing arenas.
Montreal seeks fourth consecutive winTo avoid falling into Detroit territory, Montreal gained momentum following its own eight-game losing streak. The revitalized Canadiens are 4-1 in their last five and claim three solid, consecutive victories. The latest win came 3-2 Wed. in OT vs. Ottawa. Ben Chiarot’s extra frame goal extended the Canadiens’ success as Nick Cousins and Tomas Tatar added scoring strikes.
Montreal lists Carey Price as tonight’s probable backstop. Price seeks to improve his 13-9-3 record by winning a fourth-consecutive outing. The 32-year-old owns a .905 save percentage and 2.95 gaa. Overall, the Canadiens rank 11th leaguewide at 104 goals. While offensively competent, Montreal’s defense struggles having allowed 105 goals against (#25). Claude Julien’s men stop 76 percent of opposing teams’ man advantages while capitalizing on 20.2 of their own.
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Red Wings are 1-6 in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest.Red Wings are 0-6 in their last 6 Saturday games. Red Wings are 19-51 in their last 70 road games.
Canadiens are 4-0 in their last 4 vs. Eastern Conference.Canadiens are 4-1 in their last 5 overall. Canadiens are 10-4 in their last 14 games playing on 2 days rest.