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montreal canadiens vs detroit red wings nhlMatch Up:

The Canadiens (41-26-7) look to extend their win streak Thursday night when they face the Red Wings (33-25-14) at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. The game is set to start at 7:00 and airs on RDS and TSN.

This is the third of four meetings between the Habs and Wings, the Canadiens will host Detroit at the Bell Centre next Saturday to complete the series. The Habs are still looking for their first win against the Wings, they’ve lost 4-1 and 2-1 in OT. Gustav Nyquist has a pair of goals, including the OT winner last time these teams met, and an assist so far against the Canadiens.

What to Watch:

Max Pacioretty picked up his 100th career goal on Tuesday, and his ninth game winner on the season in Montreal’s 2-0 victory over Buffalo. Carey Price earned victory number 30 on the season and shutout number 5. It’s only the second time in his career Price has reached the 30-win mark, although he did pick up 21 wins in 39 games during the lockout shortened campaign last season.

With 7 points in 11 games, trade deadline acquisition, David Legwand, has been a boost to the Red Wings line up. Gustav Nyquist is certainly the player to watch on Detroit, he’s in the midst of a 6-game point streak with 9 goals and an assist over that span.

What’s at Stake:

The Canadiens have a two-point lead over the Lightning for second place in the Atlantic division, but they’ve also played two more games than Tampa. Meanwhile Detroit, at 80 points on the season, is stuck in a 4-way tie for the two Wild Card playoff spots in the East with Columbus, Washington and Toronto.

Who’s Out:

The Canadiens will be without Brandon Prust (upper body), Josh Gorges (hand) and Dale Weise (wrist) for much of the rest of the season and possibly beyond. Travis Moen is suffering from concussion-like symptoms and did not travel with the team either.

The Red Wings are among the most beat up teams in the league missing 6 roster players for tonight’s game. Henrik Zetterberg (back) will miss the remainder of the season, Stephen Weiss (hernia) hasn’t played since December and is not close to a return. Justin Abdelkader (leg), Jonathan Ericsson (finger), Daniel Cleary (knee) and Mikael Samuelsson (shoulder) are all out, as is last year’s point leader for the Wings, Pavel Datsyuk (knee). One bright spot for Detroit is the expected return of Tomas Jurco to face the Habs tonight.

What Else:

This is the start of a 4-game road trip for the Habs, they play 5 of their last 8 on the road. The Canadiens have a fairly balanced record both home and away, going 21-12-5 at the Bell Centre and 20-14-2 away from it. In two more home games the Habs have scored just 6 more goals at home then on the road, and have exactly 24 goals for both home and away. The glaring difference for the Canadiens away from home is that they’ve given up 97 goals compared to just 84 in Montreal.

The Question Mark:

Today’s question is a tough one: If a win tonight meant home ice in the first round but a loss meant the Leafs would miss the playoffs, which do you want more?

Let us know what you think, leave us a comment or send us a tweet with the #MTLHockey hashtag on Twitter.

Be sure to tune into the Montreal Hockey Talk Pregame Show an hour before the puck drop and the Post Game Show 5 minutes after the final siren. Join the live conversation by using the #MTLHockey hashtag on Twitter.

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MHT Post-Game: Red Wings vs. Habs – Feb. 26th, 2014

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In their return to the Bell Centre, the Montreal Canadiens struggled to find any offense, yet still managed to salvage a single point, losing to the Detroit Red Wings 2-1 in overtime. Join Corey Collard and Nick Murdocco, along with Joey Alfieri, Josh Bourke of the Montreal Alouettes and Coach K as they break it all down.

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montreal canadiens vs detroit red wings nhlMatch Up:

The Canadiens (32-21-6) kick off the post-Olympic race to the playoffs when they host the Red Wings (26-20-12) Wednesday night at the Bell Centre. The puck drops at 7:30 and the game airs on RDS and TSN.

This is just the second of four meetings between these Original Six rivals. The Red Wings earned a convincing 4-1 win over the Canadiens last month when these teams met in Detroit. Gustav Nyquist, Niklas Kronwall and Henrik Zetterberg each picked up a goal and an assist in the victory.

What to Watch:

Carey Price and PK Subban returned home from Sochi with a pair of Gold Medals to their credit. Price was named the tournament’s best goaltender, posting shutouts in his last 2 games to help Canada achieve victory. Price has earned himself the night off against the Wings, so fellow Olympian Pater Budaj will get the start on Wednesday.

After coaching Team Canada to Olympic Gold, Mike Babcock returns to the Red Wings bench to try to maintain his team’s playoff positioning. The Wings have the second and final wild card spot right now, but Washington, Ottawa and Columbus are each just one point back. To make his task that much more difficult, the Wings are suffering through some major injuries. After suffering a back injury during the Olympics, Henrik Zetterberg could miss the rest of the season, he underwent surgery on Friday.

What’s at Stake:

The Canadiens return to action in the midst of a heated race for second place in the Atlantic division and home ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs. At 70 points, they’re tied with the Maple Leafs for third spot, one point behind the Lightning. The Habs still have a game in hand on the Leafs, but they’ve played one more match than Tampa Bay.

Who’s Out:

Alex Galchenyuk is expected to return to action Wednesday after recovering from a broken hand suffered in early January. Jarred Tinordi has been called up from Hamilton and could see action this week. Michael Bournival (concussion), Travis Moen (lower body) and Davis Drewiske (shoulder) are all out for the Habs.

The Wings are missing Henrik Zetterberg (back), Stephen Weiss (hernia), Jakub Kindl (knee) and Cody Emmerton (finger). Johan Franzen (concussion) and Pavel Datsyuk (knee) will both be game time decisions.

What Else:

After an extended break for many Canadiens the team has a grueling road ahead of them. The Habs will play 7 games over the next 11 nights and will play their final 23 games of the season in just 46 days. The Canadiens are not alone of course, as of Wednesday there are only 47 days left in the regular season. Just 7 teams have reached the 60 game mark so far. The Boston Bruins and St Louis Blues have the most games to make up between now and the end of the year, they each have 25 matches remaining.

The Question Mark:

We want to hear from you, how many points are you expecting the Habs to collect in their last 23 games?

Let us know what you think, leave a comment or send us a tweet by using the #MTLHockey hashtag on Twitter.

Be sure to tune into the Montreal Hockey Talk Pregame Show an hour before the puck drop and the Post Game Show 5 minutes after the final siren. Join the live conversation by using the #MTLHockey hashtag on Twitter.

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montreal canadiens vs detroit red wings nhlMatch Up:

The struggling Canadiens (27-18-5) are in Detroit Friday to face the Red Wings (22-18-10) for the first time this season. The game is set to start at 7:30 and can be seen on RDS and TSN.

This is the first of four meetings between the Habs and Wings this season. The game takes place two years less a day since the last time these teams faced off. The Canadiens scored a 7-2 win on Bell Centre ice that night, David Desharnais and Erik Cole had 3 points each. The last time the Habs played in Detroit was December, 2010.

What to Watch:

Carey Price was pulled from Wednesday game in the second period after giving up 5 goals in 21 shots. It was just the second time this season Peter Budaj needed to step in to replace Price. Nathan Beaulieu played in his second straight game on Wednesday, he finished the night at +1 and saw close to 15 minutes of ice time.

The Red Wings have struggled through injuries all season long, Drew Miller and Kyle Quincey are the only Wings to play all 50 games so far. Detroit’s top three scorers, Henrik Zetterberg (42 points), Pavel Datsyuk (32) and Daniel Alfredsson (30) have missed over 10 games each.

The injury woes continue for the Red Wings as starting goalie Jimmy Howard is sidelined which means Jonas Gustavsson will be in nets. The good news for Detroit is that despite his 2.47 goals against average, Gustavsson boasts a 12-3-2 record this season.

What’s at Stake:

After allowing 17 goals in their last 4 games, the Habs are looking for a solid defensive outing Friday night. The Red Wings are 5 points back of the Canadiens as more and more Eastern bubble teams climb to within striking distance of Montreal.

Who’s Out:

The Habs are still missing Alex Galchenyuk (hand), Ryan White (upper body) and Davis Drewiske (shoulder). Call-ups Louis Leblanc and Nathan Beaulieu are both expected to dress Friday night which will likely leave George Parros, Raphael Diaz and Francis Bouillon in the press box.

The Red Wings are missing top forwards Johan Franzen (concussion), Pavel Datsyuk (lower body) and Stephen Weiss (groin), starting goalie Jimmy Howard (knee) is also out, so are forwards Joakim Andersson (lower body) and Cory Emmerton (hand). One positive note for Detroit is that Daniel Alfredsson is expected to return to the lineup on Friday after missing the last 6 games with back spasms.

What Else:

It took a little over half the season but the Habs finally get to take on their new division rivals for the first time this year. The Wings are the only team the Canadiens haven’t yet encountered this season, they meet 4 times in the last 32 games. The Canadiens don’t get to play in Detroit very often, for David Desharnais and Max Pacioretty, this will be their first NHL games played in Joe Louis Arena, the same goes for Alexei Emelin, Brendan Gallagher, Michael Bournival, Louis Leblanc and Nathan Beaulieu.

The Question Mark:

We want to hear from you, between the players, coaching staff and upper management which group needs to step up to get the Habs back on track?

Let us know what you think, leave a comment or send us a tweet by using the #MTLHockey hashtag on Twitter.

Be sure to tune into the Montreal Hockey Talk Pregame Show an hour before the puck drop and the Post Game Show 5 minutes after the final siren. Join the live conversation by using the #MTLHockey hashtag on Twitter.

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Nick Murdocco slides into the host chair, as he is joined by Steven Hindle, Rob Elbaz, Paolo Mingarelli and Coach K to talk about the most important conference for Habs fans, the Atlantic. Listen in as the boys rip into Paolo for placing the Canadiens in 5th place, and possibly missing the playoffs.

Be sure to tune into www.montrealhockeytalk.com every Saturday and Sunday from 8-10 A.M. as we are proud to keep the Franchise alive, with your hosts Nick Murdocco and gary Whittaker. Live, uncensored and AWESOME as only Montreal Hockey Talk can deliver.

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In his final conference preview, Paolo Mingarelli looks at the Atlantic Conference, where he has an interesting take on where each respective team will finish.

Despite the addition of the Red Wings, Cup Finalist Boston Bruins remain the team to beat. The most entertaining battle in this division will come from the Canadian Content. Ottawa, Toronto and Montreal are all clubs that are entering a phase in their history where it will be time to add the final pieces to establish themselves as legitimate cup contenders as the rival Bruins have done.


BOSTON BRUINS

DETROIT RED WINGS

OTTAWA SENATORS

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS

MONTREAL CANADIENS

FLORIDA PANTHERS

TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING

BUFFALO SABRES

 

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The most consistent team of our generation comes out east.

The Detroit Red Wings may not be used to how hockey is played out east, but given their consistent ability to be contenders in the Wild, Wild West over the years, it’s impossible to count them out. Losing key players and leaders in their locker room has not stopped them from being perennially playoff-bound and that will not change this year.

Many teams go through the usual spikes in success followed by the pains in a rebuild, but Ken Holland has managed to keep his team competitive and while many may not consider Detroit to be an attractive city that hasn’t stopped them from locking up some elite level talent in Datsyuk and Zetterberg, as well as going out and reaching to veteran Daniel Alfredsson whom many believed to be a lifer as a Senator and Stephen Weiss.  Like the aforementioned Bruins, they also locked up their #1 goalie, Jimmy Howard, to a lucrative 6 year deal. Howard may not be considered the top goalie in the NHL but in Detroit has done nothing but prove to be a great netminder over the years and a backbone to their success.

Being able to use Zetterberg as a winger alongside Datsyuk and giving second line duties to Weiss provides them with size down the middle and allows them to have 2 effective puck moving power-plays. On the wings, Franzen, Samuelsson, Miller are all players that have bought into Coach Babcock’s system. They can only be helped by the addition of Alfredsson, who will no longer be in his usual Go-to role but will assume a more fitting complementary role given his age.

On D, the Red Wings have the same look as last year, Kronwall will be their number one along with Ericsson and Kindl, and their younger players are more seasoned and mature, and if last season was any indication, expect Dekeyser and Smith to show more impact in that lineup, as the Wings undertake to strengthen their blue line.

Overall, the Red Wings will be relying on a very strong system, filled with players who are ready to buy into that system and fill in voids in case of injuries. While the heavy-weights Datsyuk and Zetterberg will be expected to generate major point production, expect even-point dispersion from the rest of the lineup. Like the Bruins, they have a schedule that sees them playing the Florida teams 5 times each, and like the Bruins they should take the majority of their games and the season series based on past standings for the respective clubs. In the end, this should result in a slight separation from the pack.

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Join Corey Collard, Paul Graif, Steven Hindle and Coach K as they discussed tonight’s 4-3 victory by the Chicago Blackhawks over the Detroit Red Wings, forcing Game 7 in their Western Conference Semi-Final series.

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