Wings, winless in five, face hot Canadiens
It’s the hot vs. the cold at Little Caesars Arena tonight.
The Montreal Canadiens (11-12-3), on a three-game winning streak, face off against the Red Wings (10-10-5), who are winless in their last five games, at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 30 at LCA.
Detroit lost 4-1 to the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday night at LCA while Montreal is coming off of a 2-1 win over the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday night at the Bell Centre in Montreal.
"I think if we could have won two of the (recent) games in overtime, we'd have been fine. But we haven't," Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said on www.mlive.com after the game Tuesday. "So now we have tons of urgency on Thursday."
The Wings are in the middle of a 13-of-15-games-at-home stretch and are 2-2-3 at Little Caesars Arena. They play six of their next seven at home.
Detroit led 1-0 on Tuesday late in the second period, thanks to defenseman Mike Green's goal in the first period,
But Los Angeles' Dustin Brown tied it with 2:17 left in the second, and Anze Kopitar put the Kings ahead for good with just 6.1 seconds left in the middle period. Adrian Kempe scored 58 seconds into the third period.
"That second, third goal, tough ones, kind of kills the game," said Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg, who hasn't scored a goal in 18 games. "It's a tough team to be behind against, and they're playing a certain style that's tiring when you're not scoring on your chances ... We have to find a way to be more determined."
The 18-game scoring drought is the longest of Zetterberg's career.
"Hank's a big-time competitor. He's a big-time warrior," Blashill said. "He wants to help this team win. I don't know if it's wearing on him – he's been through lots of this throughout his career. The year I was here as an assistant (2011-12), the first half of the year was a real struggle for him, and he was unreal the second half.
"He'll keep doing what he does, which is working his (rear) off and competing like crazy and I think, in the end, he'll get results.
Zetterberg has seven assists during the stretch.
"Obviously, it's not fun when you don't score," he said. "So I take big responsibility in that."
Goaltender Carey Price made 27 saves for Montreal on Wednesday night and centers Jonathan Drouin and Phillip Danault scored 2:18 apart early in the second period.