Red Wings are focusing on being smarter with the puck as they look to rebound from 0-3-2 start. Recorded Oct. 14, 2018 in Montreal.
Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press
Detroit Red Wings (0-3-2, 2 points) at Montreal Canadiens (2-1-1, 5 points)
When: 7:30 p.m. tonight.
Where: Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec.
TV: Fox Sports Detroit.
Radio: 97.1 FM (Red Wings radio affiliates).
Sizing up the Canadiens: The Canadiens are exceeding expectations to start the season, beating Pittsburgh twice in a week and pushing Toronto to overtime in the season opener. Former Wings forward Tomas Tatar had a big night Saturday, scoring twice and earning an assist. He has four points on the season, part of a three-way tie for the team lead. Former Wings defenseman Xavier Ouellet has found a foothold in the lineup, bumping veteran Karl Alzner. Rookie Jesperi Kotkaniemi, the third overall pick in June’s draft, has one assist.
Winged wheel watch: Martin Frk will make his season debut as the Wings seek offense (they’ve averaged 2.20 goals per game, tied for 25th entering Sunday). Rookie defenseman Dennis Cholowski is expected to return after missing a game because of injury. The 20-year-old is poised and good at getting his shot through from the blueline.
The Challenge: The Wings have demonstrated they can play well (like at Los Angeles) and they better show some of that work ethic from the start after the way things went at Boston. Hold onto the puck, get it on net, and don’t give it away like candy at Halloween. The Wings are low on confidence and the only way to get a boost is to work hard and look competitive.