Montreal Canadiens Begin Four Game Trip Against The Detroit Red Wings

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Feb 26, 2014; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Detroit Red Wings center Joakim Andersson (18) shoots on goal against Montreal Canadiens goalie Peter Budaj (30) during the second period at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

The Montreal Canadiens begin a four game road trip this evening when they travel to Detroit to take on the Red Wings.

The Red Wings are desperately searching for points in the standings, where they are fighting for their playoff lives. They are currently in a four way tie with 80 points for the two wildcard spots in the Eastern Conference.

Feb 26, 2014; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Detroit Red Wings left wing Justin Abdelkader (8) and Montreal Canadiens defenseman Alexei Emelin (74) battle for the puck during the third period at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

The Wings are dealing with many key injuries and will be without top scorers Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg as well as Stephen Weiss, Jonathan Ericsson and Justin Abdelkader. Detroit has battled through the injury bug and have played some of their best hockey of the season recently. They lost their last outing against the Columbus Blue Jackets, but were able to collect points in five of the six previous to that, including four wins.

Detroit is 15-11-10 at the Joe Louis Arena this season, losing more than they win but finding ways to get points in the process. However, the Wings have been falt out dominant at home recently. They have not lost at “The Joe” in regulation since January 20th against the St. Louis Blues. Since the loss to the Blues, the Red Wings are 8-0-3 in their past 11 in Detroit.

The Canadiens are 20-14-2 as the visitor this season, including winning three straight on the road since returning from a tough road trip to the west coast. The Canadiens are safely in a playoff position with 89 points in the standings, but are battling the Tampa Bay Lightning for second in the Atlantic Division and home ice advantage in the opening round of the postseason. The Lightning are currently two points back of Montreal, but have also played two less games.

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