MONTREAL – Here are five things you need to know ahead of Monday night’s game against the Detroit Red Wings at the Bell Centre.
1. The Canadiens will be looking to carry the momentum of Saturday night’s 4-3 shootout win over Pittsburgh into Monday night’s tilt versus Detroit. Newcomer Tomas Tatar led the charge against the Penguins, scoring twice and adding an assist to the delight of the Bell Centre faithful. For his part, Antti Niemi was brilliant in between the pipes in the absence of Carey Price, who was sidelined with the flu.
2. Tomas Plekanec will play the 1,000th game of his NHL career on Monday night. The Kladno, Czech Republic native, who was drafted in the third round, 71st overall by the Canadiens in 2001, boasts 232 goals and 607 points. Aside from a brief 17-game stint with the Toronto Maple Leafs last season, Plekanec has played the rest of his 982 games with the Habs. Plekanec made his NHL debut back on December 31, 2003 in Dallas.
3. Following the morning skate, head coach Claude Julien confirmed that Niemi will make his second straight start on Monday night. Meanwhile, Andrew Shaw will be unable to play after coming down with the flu. It appears that Matthew Peca will take Shaw’s spot in the lineup on a line with Plekanec and Charles Hudon.
4. The Red Wings are still seeking their first win of the season after falling to 0-3-2 on the year with an 8-2 loss in Boston over the weekend. Young gun Dylan Larkin leads Detroit with five points (3 g, 2a) in five games.
5. Puck drop on Monday night is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. You can watch the game on TV on TSN2 and RDS, and listen to all the action on TSN Radio 690 and 98,5 fm. To purchase tickets for the contest, click here.