The Detroit Red Wings will not set a franchise record for losses, at least not for now, as they upended the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday night at Little Caesars Arena. It was the backend of a home and home, with the Jets protecting their home ice in Winnipeg and the Red Wings returning the favour in Detroit. The 5-2 win snapped a 12-game losing streak to get in the win column. It was their first win since a November 12th victory over the Anaheim Ducks.
The Red Wings won just three games in November. With a couple of weeks left in December, we’ll see if they can match that mark. They got a massive monkey off their backs with a win against the Jets. The Red Wings showed no effort in the 5-1 loss in Winnipeg, and then the Jets must have thought they were going to get a free win on Thursday.
Detroit are back on the road on Saturday night for an Original Six meeting with the Montreal Canadiens. The Canadiens are coming off a tight 3-2 win in overtime over the Ottawa Senators in overtime. It probably shouldn’t have been that close, but the Canadiens were on a back-to-back after a 4-1 win in Pittsburgh the night before. So with that in mind, it was a pretty good win for the Canadiens. The victory equated to their third straight and fourth in the last five games.
Montreal have been in a nice groove since getting out of an eight-game slump. It was a disastrous run by the Canadiens that had people starting down Claude Julien. He and Marc Bergevin have to be the most polarizing figures in Montreal. At the first sign of a downtrend, Julien and Bergevin’s heads are on a stack. The Max Domi trade gave Bergevin some extra time with the Canadiens, but soon his team will have to produce in the playoffs.
Julien and Bergevin can’t do anything about Carey Price, though. Price holds the keys to the Canadiens’ success or lack thereof. Play up to his contract numbers and the Canadiens should be alright. It would also be nice if the team progresses defensively. They have been showing signs of getting better and finally back checking. We’ll see if it’s a blip or continues. Head below for our free Red Wings vs. Canadiens pick.
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The Red Wings upset a quality team at home earlier in the season as well. As bad as this season has gone for the Red Wings, they have a few impressive wins. They downed the Boston Bruins on November 8th and then did the same against the Vegas Golden Knights two days later at Little Caesars Arena. Those wins aside, it has not been a pretty season for the Wings. Things were bad, but it went from bad to horrible once Anthony Mantha left with an injury. Mantha is scheduled to return tonight, so that will provide some much needed depth. That said, you have to expect Mantha to at least be a bit rusty in Montreal.
This is a one stop trip for the Red Wings on the road. They will be back home for a home game against the Kings tomorrow night in Detroit. This shouldn’t be a much of a look ahead spot for the Red Wings, as the Kings are one of the worst in the NHL. The absolute worst record belongs to the Red Wings at 8-22-3 and 19 points. They’re the only team in the NHL who haven’t reached 20 points yet, but they could be ahead of the Devils soon at the speed they’re going in Newark. Detroit are dead last in the NHL with 2.18 goals scored per game, as well as last in goals against at 3.94 goals per game.
Jimmy Howard is expected to be out again tonight with a groin injury. Backup Jonathan Bernier will likely get the call between the pipes here. Bernier owns a 3.34 GAA and 0.89 save percentage in 20 appearances. His numbers remain just as bad on the road, having posted a 3.33 GAA and 0.902 save percentage as a visitor. The team as a whole gets worse away from Detroit, though. They’ve been bad everywhere, but sport an incredibly lousy record of 3-11-2 on the road. They’ve managed to net just 2.13 goals per game, while allowing 4.25 in the defensive zone. The Red Wings had their fun Thursday night in Detroit, but now it’s likely back to losing. The Habs look like a decent play at even money on the puckline Saturday.