Game Preview by Sam Gerber
Last game: MTL 4  WPG 5 (OT)  

After being down all game and coming back to tie it twice the Canadiens fell in overtime due to a turnover by Jonathan Drouin.

For a complete recap: A Special Milestone for Carey Price

Players to watch

  • Alex Galchenyuk
    You may think that Galchenyuk has had a quiet season but he second in team points with 51, just behind the much-praised Brendan Gallagher. Galchenyuk  
  • Jeff Petry
    Petry hass truggled at times being thrust onto the number one pairing but has had a career season playing top minutes and recording 41 points.
  • Jacob De La Rose
    Da La Rose has really elevated his game now that he is playing with increased icetime and better linemates. He is capable of putting up points, making space on the ice for linemates and being the Habs shut down center.

Keys to Victory

  • Skate with speed
    The Canadiens are no longer one of the quickest teams in the league but can ramp up their effort to keep up with the Red Wings.
  • Finish strong
    While it may affect their lottery pick percentages, it will be a boost to the team’s moral to end the season on a positive note.
  • Play smart
    The Habs were guilty of too many turnovers against the Jets. They will have to make better decisions against Detroit.
Matchup by All Habs staff
Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, MI | April 5, 7:30 PM ET | TV: TSN2, RDS, FS-D

2017-18 statistics

RED WINGS CANADIENS
72 (26th) Points (rank) 69 (29th)
30-38-12 Record 28-39-13
16-15-8 Home/Away 10-25-4
4-5-1 Last 10 2-7-1
2.58 GF/G 2.51
3.08 GA/G 3.14
17.4 PP% 21.3
77.6 PK% 74.1
 48.84  CF%  50.38
eSAT Analytics by Mathieu Chagnon
 
Projected forward lines, defense pairings and goaltenders
Forwards
Bertuzzi – Zetterberg – Nyquist
Helm – Larkin – Mantha
Athansiou – Nielsen – Abdelkader
Booth – Witkowski – Frk
Byron – Drouin – Gallagher
Galchenyuk – De La Rose – Lehkonen
Hudon – L. Shaw – Rychel
Carr – McCarron – Froese
Defensemen
Ericsson – Daley
DeKeyser – Jensen
Kronwall – Ouellet
Schlemko – Petry
Alzner – Juulsen
Reilly – Lernout
Out of the lineup
Scratched: Ouellet
Injured: Green, Glendening
Scratched: Deslauriers, Benn
Injured: Hudon, Weber, Hemsky, Pacioretty, Mete, Schlemko, Danault, A. Shaw, Scherbak
Goalies
Jared Coreau Antti Niemi
Record: 0-4-0
GAA: 4.40
Sv%: .859
SO: 0
Alternate: Jimmy Howard
Record: 6-9-4
GAA: 3.12
Sv%: .912
SO: 1
Alternate: Carey Price
 What to Expect by Sam Gerber
Prediction: Canadiens 3  Red Wings 1 

This game may have an impact on the final standings and draft positioning. With Claude Julien’s comments saying that “either players need to get better or we have to get better players,” there may be increased pressure on the Habs. Antti Niemi will get his final start of the season.

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