Preview: Canadiens at Red Wings
Success has been difficult for the Detroit Red Wings to attain, regardless of where they play. Detroit looks to begin turning around its fortunes when it completes its five-game homestand Tuesday against an Original Six rival, the Montreal Canadiens.
The Red Wings have gone 1-2-1 during the stretch at Little Caesars Arena and have lost 11 of their last 13 overall (2-8-3) after dropping a 3-2 decision to Washington on Sunday. Anthony Mantha scored to become the fifth player to reach double digits in goals for Detroit, which is 2-6-2 in its last 10 at home. Montreal is coming off a 1-2-0 homestand that concluded Monday with a 1-0 loss to Minnesota. The Canadiens, who scored a total of three goals during the string at Bell Centre, have won four of their last five on the road but could be without defenseman Shea Weber as the captain missed the last two periods against the Wild after being hit on the left side of his face with a shot in the opening session.
TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, TSN2, RDS (Montreal), FS Detroit
ABOUT THE CANADIENS (22-16-5): The oft-injured David Schlemko appears to be on his way out of Montreal as the defenseman was placed on waivers Monday. The 31-year-old veteran has notched two assists in 18 games this season and 94 points in 415 career contests with seven teams. Carey Price, who has allowed a total of four goals in three contests since returning from a nagging lower-body injury, has elected to forego participating in the All-Star Game.
ABOUT THE RED WINGS (16-21-7): Dylan Larkin has landed on the scoresheet in 16 of his last 17 contests, collecting eight goals and 11 assists in that span. The 22-year-old center leads the team with 18 tallies, 41 points and four game-winning goals - all in overtime. Gustav Nyquist notched an assist Sunday, giving him a point in five of his last six contests.
1. Red Wings rookie D Filip Hronek has recorded a goal and two assists over his last two games.
2. Montreal C Max Domi is one goal behind Brendan Gallagher (15) for the team lead despite being in the midst of a 13-game drought.
3. Detroit C Andreas Athanasiou, who had his three-game goal-scoring streak snapped Sunday, scored twice in a 7-2 loss at Montreal on Oct. 15.
PREDICTION: Canadiens 3, Red Wings 2