Montreal Canadiens (34-34-6) at Detroit Red Wings (36-26-11)
|Date & Time||Thursday March 24, 2016, 7:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Detroit Red Wings -215 / Montreal Canadiens +185 --- Over/Under: 5
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The Canadiens look to build on their win over the Ducks in their last outing as they take to the road to face off against the Detroit Red Wings.
The Montreal Canadiens have had a season to forget as they have fallen from one of the league’s best teams to a circle on the calendar as the injury to Carey Price and now to PK Subban has derailed the Montreal freight train. The Habs are still in the mix for a wild card spot in theory and with a win against one of the league’s best in Anaheim last time out they could harness that into a surprise run down the stretch but with nine points to gain and just eight games remaining I think it is safe to say they are dead in the water, especially with a tough schedule down the stretch. Ben Scrivens is slated to start in this one as he and Mike Condon continue to split time and he will face off against Petr Mrazek who will look to lead the Wings to the playoffs yet again.
The Red Wings have become synonymous with playoff hockey over the last quarter century and they will look to make it once again this season as they are in the wild card hunt in the Eastern Conference as they are tied with the Flyers with 83 points. Detroit hasn’t the same level of success we have come to know over the years but are certainly a team to watch out for if they can sneak in as they have a ton of playoff experience and two snipers in Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk who have Stanley Cup rings. It is going to be a tight race to close out the season but if the Wings are going to get in they need to win games like this one and while I hate the price I do think Detroit at the Joe gets two big points.