The MONTREAL and the DETROIT will both be gunning for a victory on 11/30/2017 at 7:35 PM when they meet in a game matchup.
MONTREAL vs DETROIT
When: 7:30 PM ET, Thursday, November 30, 2017
Where: Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, Michigan
|3||MONTREAL||0 (-110)||5.5 115
TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, TSN2, RDS (Montreal), FSN Detroit
PREDICTION: Red Wings 3, Canadiens 2
Oddsmakers currently have the MONTREAL listed as 105-moneyline favorites versus the DETROIT, while the game’s total is sitting at 5.5.
DETROIT — A pair of teams moving in opposite directions meet when the Detroit Red Wings host the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday at Little Caesars Arena.
1. Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg, whose next power-play tally will be his 100th in the NHL, is mired in an 18-game goal-scoring drought.
2. Montreal G Carey Price has allowed only two goals while winning three straight starts since returning from a lower-body injury but likely will be given a rest on Thursday.
3. Detroit C Frans Nielsen reached the 400-point mark in his career with an assist on Tuesday.
Detroit is winless in its past five games (0-2-3) while the Canadiens are riding a three-game winning streak after a 2-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday night in Montreal.
The Red Wings lost 4-1 at home to the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday.
ABOUT THE RED WINGS (10-10-5): Jimmy Howard has struggled a bit of late, allowing four goals in three of his last four starts after yielding that amount just once in his first 15 outings. The 33-year-old goaltender has gone 0-2-2 during his slump, with his last victory coming on Nov. 17 against Buffalo. Anthony Mantha leads the team with 11 goals but has tallied just once in his last six contests.
“I think if we could have won two of the (recent) games in overtime, we’d have been fine, but we haven’t,” Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said after the game Tuesday, according to Booth Newspapers. “So now we have tons of urgency on Thursday.”
The Red Wings are in the middle of a stretch in which they play 13 of 18 games at home. They are 4-4-4 at Little Caesars Arena.
Detroit led 1-0 on Tuesday late in the second period, thanks to defenseman Mike Green’s goal in the first period.
However, Los Angeles right winger Dustin Brown tied it with 2:17 left in the second, and center Anze Kopitar put the Kings ahead for good with just 6.1 seconds left in the middle period. Los Angeles forward Adrian Kempe scored 58 seconds into the third period.
“That second, third goal, tough ones, kind of kills the game,” said Red Wings center and captain Henrik Zetterberg, who hasn’t scored a goal in 18 games. “It’s a tough team to be behind against, and they’re playing a certain style that’s tiring when you’re not scoring on your chances … We have to find a way to be more determined.”
The 18-game scoring drought is the longest of Zetterberg’s career.
“Hank’s a big-time competitor. He’s a big-time warrior,” Blashill said. “He wants to help this team win. I don’t know if it’s wearing on him, he’s been through lots of this throughout his career. The year I was here as an assistant (2011-12), the first half of the year was a real struggle for him, and he was unreal the second half.
“He’ll keep doing what he does, which is working his (rear) off and competing like crazy, and I think in the end, he’ll get results.”
Zetterberg has seven assists during the goalless stretch.
“Obviously, it’s not fun when you don’t score,” he said, “so I take big responsibility in that.”
Goaltender Carey Price made 27 saves for Montreal on Wednesday night, and centers Jonathan Drouin (penalty shot) and Phillip Danault scored 2:18 apart early in the second period.
ABOUT THE CANADIENS (11-12-3): David Schlemko made his debut with the team on Wednesday, registering two shots in 15 minutes, 54 seconds of ice time. The 30-year-old defenseman, who was acquired from Vegas on June 22 after being selected from San Jose’s roster in the expansion draft a day earlier, had been sidelined since suffering a hand injury during training camp that required surgery. Drouin on Wednesday became the first Canadien to convert a penalty-shot attempt since Dale Weise on Nov. 13, 2014.
Price has allowed two goals on 102 shots since returning Nov. 25 from a lower-body injury that sidelined him for 10 games.
“You come into the room, you see how focused he is and you know he’s going to have a good night,” Drouin said of Price. “He’s so composed out there, it’s actually kind of crazy to look at. He comes to the bench and he’s not sweating almost, just so relaxed, and it’s a first for me to see that, but so composed and gives us so much confidence playing.”
Said Canadiens defenseman Karl Alzner: “You know you can mess up a little bit out there and he’s most likely going to back you up, and that’s something that feels pretty good. And what a joy it is having him play the puck the way he does. It saves you from getting hit quite a bit.”
Sportsnet reported that Drouin didn’t travel with the team to Detroit postgame, but no other details were available.