Can the Canadiens make it six in a row?
Coming off a strong victory against the Flyers, the Montreal Canadiens (13-4-1) will bring their winning streak to Joe Louis Arena to take on the Detroit Red Wings (8-3-5). A victory for Montreal would give the team it's longest winning streak in almost five years.
Sergei Gonchar has made a big impact for Montreal's power-play helping the team score on four of eight attempts in their last two games. That's a big change for Montreal which was only able to score three power-play goals in the first 16 games of the season. Gonchar's assistance on the power-play should help against the Red Wings 87.7 per cent penalty kill which ranks fifth in the league.
The Red Wings are coming off a victory on Friday against the Blackhawks and will be trying to start their own winning streak.
Jets try to earn winning average on the road
The Winnipeg Jets (9-7-2) are hitting the ice in Minnesota tonight taking on the Wild (9-7-0) who have been very strong on home ice this season. Minnesota has won six of seven home games this season. That's bad news for the Jets who are looking for a victory over the Wild to keep their road trip average above .500. Winnipeg has won two and lost two during their trip and a win over the Wild would ensure the winning road record before they return home to face the Devils on Tuesday.
Winnipeg goalie Ondrej Pavelec was in net last night during the 2-1 loss to the Predators. If he gets the nod for back to back starts his record against the Wild doesn't inspire too much confidence. Pavelac went 0-2-1 with a 2.84 GAA against the Wild last year.
But don't ever count Pavelac out; remember this beauty save from 2012?
Oilers Taylor Hall back in the lineup
The Edmonton Oilers (6-9-2) will have a boost in their lineup as they take on the Arizona Coyotes (7-9-1) at Rexall Place tonight. The Oilers have confirmed that their star forward Taylor Hall will be lacing up his skates for the bout.
Hall has been watching from the stands since suffering an injury to his medial collateral ligament during a 3-2 loss against the Canucks on Nov. 1. Hall is the Oilers' leading goal scorer with six this season. His return could help Edmonton get back to the win column after a tough loss to the Senators on Thursday.