Montreal Canadiens Vs Detroit Red Wings Preview

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Jan 18, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Montreal Canadiens center David Desharnais (51) celebrates his game-tying goal in the third period with defenseman Nathan Beaulieu (40) and left wing Max Pacioretty (67) and defenseman P.K. Subban (76) against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre. The Maple Leafs beat the Canadiens 5-3. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

The Montreal Canadiens look to snap their two game losing skid tonight, as they face the Detroit Red Wings. It will be the final game of a four game road trip in which the Canadiens have compiled a 1-2-0 record thus far.

Jan 22, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Montreal Canadiens center Louis Leblanc (71) moves the puck up ice ahead of Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta (3) during the third period at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Penguins won 5-1. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Montreal was thoroughly dominated by the Pittsburgh Penguins two nights ago, falling 5-1 to the Eastern Conference leaders. It was just another in a long line of poor performances from the Habs recently, which has the Habs dangerously close to falling out of the playoff picture. They are 8-9-2 in the past 19 games, and need to find some consistency if they want to put the brakes on this free fall.

The Canadiens are now 27-18-5 on the season, just holding on to the third seed in the Atlantic Division ahead of the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Red Wings can pull within three points of the Habs tonight with a regulation win, and they are currently not in a playoff spot. The Ottawa Senators are hot on the heels of the Red Wings and they have been one of the best teams in the league as of late. Things are closing in the Habs, and they have to right this ship soon.

The Red Wings have not been playing their best hockey of late, but they have defeated the Los Angeles Kings twice and the Chicago Blackhawks in the last ten days.

Detroit has been one of the worst home teams this season with a record of 8-11-7 at the Joe Louis Arena. The Canadiens will look to jump on that tonight and improve their respectable 13-10-2 road record, and end this trip batting .500.

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