The Canadiens were 5-2-1 when they departed Montreal for their first significant road trip of the year. They are at 5-5-2 going into their encounter in Detroit on Thursday after losing four straight games since then. This season’s first meeting between the Canadiens and Red Wings is scheduled for 7 PM ET. TSN2 and RDS are the places to watch all the excitement.
In this best-of-six encounter, both clubs will be looking to bounce back from their 5-3 losses on Tuesday night. After falling behind 4-0 in the first period of their game against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday night, the Canadiens are expecting a stronger showing from their team. Detroit did not fare much better, trailing 5-0 before tying the score with three goals in the third quarter to lose 5-3.
The Canadiens will be playing Jeff Petry for the first time since they traded him to Detroit earlier in the off-season. Naturally, after Petry was initially traded by the Penguins, the Canadiens saw him play a couple times throughout that season. They will also see Ben Chiarot, the former Hab.
Josh Anderson, who has not scored a goal this season, is one of the struggling guys the Canadiens are hoping may find some spark tonight. Over his career, Anderson has scored four goals against the Red Wings in 13 games. To find out if Rafaël Harvey-Pinard will be back in the starting lineup tonight. Although he hasn’t scored a goal yet this season, he has already scored two goals in one game against the Red Wings.
Although the Canadiens have not yet announced a starting lineup for the game tonight, this appears to be a great chance to start Cayden Primeau. The 10-1-1 Boston Bruins and the 9-2-1 Vancouver Canucks will visit town on Saturday and Sunday, respectively, during the Habs’ three games over the next four days. The Canadiens probably don’t want to bench Primeau for those two games.