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Wings Host Montreal for First Time Since 2010

Friday, 01.24.2014 / 10:15 AM ET
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(Photo by Dave Reginek/Detroit Red Wings)


This is the first game between the Montreal Canadiens and Detroit Red Wings as members of the Atlantic Division, and the first for the Canadiens at Joe Louis Arena since Dec. 10, 2010. They play once a month over the first four of 2014.

"I haven't played these guys throughout my career, and we'll see each other a lot more now," Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterbergsaid Thursday, according to the Detroit Free Press. "It's a team that you want to play against. For our fans, it's great. For their fans, it's great. We're looking forward to this."

Detroit is likely to have forward Daniel Alfredsson back after missing six games with back spasms. He has practiced the past three days.

"Physically, I'm fine. I didn't skate for 10 days at least, but I've had three good sessions here in a row and no setbacks," Alfredsson said. "I'm feeling confident about coming back soon … I'll have a discussion and we'll come to a plan with what we're going to do."

With Alfredsson, Pavel Datsyuk (lower body) and Johan Franzen (concussion) among those sidelined, young forwards Riley Sheahan,Tomas Jurco, Luke Glendening have been getting more ice time.

"To be honest, with these kids here, we're a quicker team," coach Mike Babcock said. "We're quicker right now than we've been; we're competing harder than earlier in the year. We have to compete at a different level just because we don't have the skill. They've tried to do it right every day, which is a positive."
Tonight, Detroit will look to take down Montreal and win their second straight.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 82 13 37 -15 50
P. Datsyuk 66 16 33 7 49
D. Larkin 80 23 22 11 45
T. Tatar 81 21 24 4 45
G. Nyquist 82 17 26 -2 43
J. Abdelkader 82 19 23 -16 42
M. Green 74 7 28 -6 35
B. Richards 68 10 18 4 28
D. Helm 77 13 13 -2 26
N. Kronwall 64 3 23 -21 26
 
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P. Mrazek 27 16 6 .921 2.33
J. Howard 14 14 5 .906 2.80