Game Preview by Sam Gerber, Staff Writer
Last game: MTL 6  DET  3 

Thursday night’s win was all about character. After a horrible first period, the Habs came out hard in the second. The game was highlighted by two quick goals and Price’s timely saves once again.

For a complete recap: Canadiens – Red Wings: Price, Gallagher Power Habs to Fourth Straight Win

Players to watch

  • Brendan Gallagher
    Gallagher has been the offensive leader all season. With two goals last game, it brings his total to 12.
  • Anthony Mantha
    Mantha was one of the Wings best players on Thursday. Montreal can’t give him as much space this game.
  • Andrew Shaw
    Shaw played great last game, and will be a key player tonight playing at home with intensity.

Keys to Victory

  • Be disciplined
    The Wings had their way with the Habs on the power-play and the penalty kill. The Habs need to stay out of the box and keep possession on the power-play.
  • Start with energy
    The Habs came out flat in the first period on Thursday and were lucky it was only 2-1. The Canadiens need to bring the energy right from the starting face-off. 
  • Play smart
    There is bound to be some carry-over from Thursday night. Stay out of the after the whistle scrums.
Matchup 
Bell Centre, Montreal, QC | December 2, 7:00 PM ET | TV: SN, TVA, FS-D

2017-18 statistics

RED WINGS CANADIENS
25 (25th) Points (rank) 27 (21st)
10-11-5 Record 12-12-3
6-6-1 Away/Home 7-5-2
2-4-4 Last 10 5-3-2
2.73 GF/G 2.48
3.04 GA/G 3.11
23.2 PP% 17.0
82.6 PK% 76.9
 49.51  CF%  51.74
 
Projected forward lines, defense pairings and goaltenders
Forwards
Mantha – Larkin – Tatar
Frk – Zetterberg – Nyquist
Booth – Franzen – Helm
Abdelkader – Athansiou – Glendening
Byron – De La Rose – Galchenyuk
Pacioretty – Danault – Shaw
Hudon – Plekanec – Gallagher 
Deslauriers – Froese – Carr
Defensemen
DeKeyser – Green
Ericsson – Jensen
Kronwall – Ouellet
Benn – Weber
Alzner – Petry
Mete – Schlemko
Out of the lineup
Scratched: 
Injured: Frk, Daley
Scratched: Jerabek, Morrow
Injured: Hemsky, Scherbak, Montoya, Lehkonen, Drouin
Goalies
Petr Mrazek Carey Price
Record: 2-3-1
GAA: 3.19
Sv%: .901
SO: 1
Alternate: Jimmy Howard
Record: 7-7-1
GAA: 3.07
Sv%: .902
SO: 1
Alternate: Antti Niemi
 What to Expect
Expect high intensity, finished checks and a playoff-like atmosphere. After just playing each other Thursday, bad blood can boil over quick. 

Prediction: Canadiens 4  Red Wings 2 

A strong first period for the Habs will be key.

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