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Wings, Habs renew Original Six rivalry

Tuesday, 12.4.2007 / 1:57 PM ET / Preview
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Wings, Habs renew Original Six rivalry

Slumping Detroit Red wings backup goaltender Dominik Hasek has seen his playing time decrease in recent weeks. Montreal Canadiens No. 2 goalie Carey Price, meanwhile, may be needed on the ice much more than originally expected.

Making his first start for the NHL-leading Red Wings in 12 days, Hasek looks to earn his third straight shutout of the Canadiens when the teams meet Tuesday night with both backup goalies expected to play.

Hasek has lost three straight starts, posting a 4.26 goals-against average in that span, and has not played since allowing three goals in a loss to Nashville on Nov. 22. With top goalie Chris Osgood playing so well - 13-1-0, 1.79 GAA - Detroit (18-6-2) could afford to give Hasek a break.

Now, Hasek will finally return to the ice, facing a Montreal (13-9-4) team against which he is 23-10-1 with four ties and a 1.98 GAA in 41 career games. He faced the Canadiens in the only meeting between these teams last season, making 23 saves to lead the Red Wings to a 2-0 win Jan. 15. It was Hasek's second consecutive shutout of Montreal.

The Canadiens have been shut out twice this season, with both occurring within the last four games. They have also dropped four of their last five.

Montreal will be without No. 1 goalie Cristobal Huet (groin) indefinitely, leaving Price - a 20-year-old rookie - to start Tuesday.

"We don't know for sure yet about Huey and how long he will need to recover," Canadiens coach Guy Carbonneau said. "We'll take this day by day and we'll see how he feels."

Huet, who led Eastern Conference goalies in All-Star voting through last week's results, is 7-6-3 with one shutout and a 2.35 GAA in 16 games. Price is 6-3-1 with a 2.84 GAA in 10 games.

Price is backed up by 22-year-old Jaroslav Halak, who was recalled from Hamilton of the AHL on Monday.

Price faces a tough test versus Detroit, which has won three straight - all in regulation - and has an NHL-best 38 points.

Dan Cleary's power-play goal completed a third-period comeback for the Red Wings on Saturday night, and Henrik Zetterberg had a goal and an assist as Detroit beat Phoenix 3-2.

"We all know what we're capable of if we stick to the game plan and do what we're told and work our system," said Cleary, whose team was down 2-1 entering the third period.

This will be Detroit's first trip to Montreal since a 2-1 loss on Oct. 20, 2003. The Canadiens have lost three straight at the Bell Centre after starting 5-2-2 there.

Montreal's home struggles continued Saturday night with a 5-4 shootout loss to Nashville.

"The players that are supposed to do it for us right now are not doing it," said Carbonneau, who made drastic line changes after a 4-0 loss in New Jersey on Friday night.

Christopher Higgins joined Plekanec and Kovalev on one line. Michael Ryder teamed up with Mikhail Grabovski and Andrei Kostitsyn on another line, while captain Saku Koivu centered Bryan Smolinski and Mark Streit, who had been playing defense.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 49 36 9 4 161 110 76
2 FLA 51 31 15 5 141 112 67
3 TBL 51 29 18 4 137 118 62
4 NYR 51 28 18 5 146 132 61
5 BOS 51 27 18 6 149 136 60
6 NYI 49 26 17 6 134 121 58
7 DET 51 25 18 8 125 130 58
8 NJD 52 26 20 6 117 118 58
9 PIT 50 25 18 7 129 128 57
10 CAR 53 24 21 8 129 141 56
11 PHI 49 23 18 8 117 128 54
12 MTL 52 24 24 4 137 141 52
13 OTT 52 23 23 6 142 164 52
14 TOR 50 19 22 9 116 134 47
15 BUF 52 21 26 5 119 137 47
16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
D. Larkin 50 17 18 23 35
H. Zetterberg 51 9 25 2 34
T. Tatar 50 14 16 -3 30
G. Nyquist 51 14 13 -4 27
J. Abdelkader 51 14 12 -4 26
P. Datsyuk 36 6 18 10 24
M. Green 45 3 17 -8 20
N. Kronwall 45 3 14 -10 17
D. DeKeyser 47 6 8 10 14
R. Sheahan 50 7 6 -15 13
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 18 10 4 .931 2.06
J. Howard 7 8 4 .904 2.89