[7:00 PM] Red Wings @ Canadiens

Who will WIN this matchup?

Detroit Red Wings (8-6-1)

@ Montreal Canadiens (12-1-1)


Starting Goalies:

Jimmy Howard (DET): Confirmed

Carey Price (MON): Confirmed


Current odds:

Detroit Red Wings: (+144)

Montreal Canadiens: (-160)


Former Vezina and Hart Trophy winner Carey Price and forward Alex Galchenyuk have played significant roles in giving the home fans a thrill this season, with the former winning all eight of his starts in Montreal and the latter scoring all six of his team-leading goals at Bell Centre. Price, who owns an 8-3-1 mark with a shutout in his career versus Detroit, continued his winning ways on Thursday by improving to 9-0-0 overall and 19-2-0 in his last 21 outings following his 23-save performance in a 4-1 victory over Los Angeles.

Detroit has a tested goaltender in its own right in veteran Jimmy Howard (4-2-0, 1.22 goals-against average, .961 save percentage), who has yielded eight goals in six starts this season. Howard won his second straight outing after turning aside 36 shots in a 3-1 victory versus Vancouver on Thursday, but the 32-year-old has struggled in seven of 10 career contests (3-5-2) against the Canadiens.

Detroit placed speedy center Andreas Athanasiou (knee) on injured reserve Friday and recalled right wing Anthony Mantha from Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League. The 22-year-old Mantha (eight goals, two assists in 10 games) has excelled with the Griffins and is set to step in for Athanasiou, who sustained the injury on a hit from Canucks defenseman Nikita Tryamkin.

Paul Byron netted a goal in his second straight contest and extended his point streak to three games by opening the scoring on Thursday. The 27-year-old looks to keep his good fortune going versus Detroit, against which he scored and set up a goal in his last encounter. Russian import Alexander Radulov notched his club-best ninth assist on Byron’s goal Thursday to increase his point streak to three games as well.

The Canadiens are just 1-for-11 on the power play in November after scoring with the man advantage in seven of their nine games last month.


StreakSmarts Pick: Montreal Canadiens

Confidence: 6/10

StreakSmarter Pick