Game Day : Red Wings @ Habs
The Detroit Red Wings are in town for a rare meeting against the Montreal Canadiens tonight. Coming into this game the Wings are 33-15-1 and stand at the top of the rankings in the NHL. Montreal, on the opposite side of the spectrum, comes into tonight's game with a bit of a weaker record of 18-21-9, putting them in 24th in the league.
The Red Wings have won 17 straight games at home, which is the longest running home game winning streak in the last 36 years, and you can bet you're sweet ass that that sort of momentum helps you on the road as well, so you can expect to see a very hyped up Red Wings squad tonight. Let's not forget to mention that on top of their 17 straight home wins, they're currently on a 7 game winning streak overall, making tonight's contest even more important to them. On the side, the Habs haven't been able to muster any type of momentum this season, having only strung together 1 real winning streak back in October, winning 4 straight. Other than that, the Habs have been your classic .500 team, except we haven't been blessed with many moments of brilliance, which doesn't leave fans with much hope for the seasons to come.
The Red Wings have 7 players who have 25 points or more already this season and a handful of players just under, making them an extremely tough opponent for Montreal. The Habs have just 4 players who can say they have more than 25 points, and after that, the success level drops pretty quickly. The outcome of tonight is pretty clear, no reading between the lines on this one.
It's not all sad and tragic this season for the Habs, there are some small small things that fans can take away from this season. The emergence of a new identity for the team is something Habs fans have been waiting for since the failed rebuild during the Koivu/Kovalev era. Other than that, the firing of Jaques Martin is most likely the most popular positive to come out of this failure of a season. Let's not forget about Alex Emelin, a first class hitter, something the Habs have been without for much too long.
While this may come off as more of a quick overview of the Habs than a preview for tonight's game, I'll leave you with a quick explanation as to why. Previewing a team that improves from game to game, regardless of the outcome, is doable. Previewing a team that does not improve game to game is a tall order. My apologies for my lack of preview skills on this one ; ) .
Expect Price and Howard to get he calls in goal tonight.
Game starts at 7:30pm and it will be broadcasted on TSN. So no reason to watch this on RDS!