The Montreal Canadiens come into tonight’s tilt vs the Detroit Red Wings hot off the heels of a bone crushing 7-4 victory over new rivals, the Ottawa Senators.
They say “Better late than never” and that must have been the Habs mindset last night as they found themselves down 3-0 early on in the first period. The “Heart Attack Habs” (as I like to call them), rallied with 7 unanswered goals en route to a victory that included Max Pacioretty netting a hat trick.
Detroit comes into the contest after putting another nail in Buffalo’s coffin last night in a 3-2 victory, which also increased their winning streak to four consecutive games.
The Red Wings line up was bolstered last night as the team welcomed back centre Pavel Datsyuk, who missed 16 games with what was described as an inflamed knee.
While the Habs have already punched their ticket for a playoff run, Detroit still finds themselves in a battle for a wildcard spot. Currently holding a 3 point lead over the Columbus Blue Jackets who fell to the Chicago Blackhawks with only four seconds remaining in regulation.
In three meetings between the two teams the Red Wings hold the advantage, having won the first two contests, while Montreal took the last one in a 5-4 finish.
Carey Price returns between the pipes tonight whereas Detroit will call upon Jonas Gustavsson.
Can the #HotLine continue their surge? Will Gustav Nyquist put up another highlight reel goal?
Puck drops just after 7pm tonight at the Bell Centre.
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