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Red Wings host Habs aiming for consecutive wins

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Detroit Red Wings will try to win consecutive games for the first time in a month when they host the Montreal Canadiens in Friday's clash between Original Six and Atlantic Division rivals.

The Red Wings won for the second time in three games thanks to Wednesday's 5-4 shootout win over visiting Chicago. Detroit improved to 2-1-0 on a five-game homestand, earning both of its wins in shootouts.

A win on Friday would give Detroit its first two-game win streak since posting victories over Calgary and Toronto on Dec. 19 and 21, respectively.

Darren Helm scored the game-winner in the sixth round of Wednesday's shootout win at Joe Louis Arena.

After Tomas Tatar came up empty to open the shootout, Jonathan Toews, Patrick Eaves, Patrick Sharp and Todd Bertuzzi each scored in succession to keep it going. Following misses from the next five shooters, Helm ripped a quick shot under Corey Crawford's pads and Jonas Gustavsson denied Andrew Shaw at the other end to secure the victory for the Red Wings.

"They're a great team and we played well right from the start," Eaves said. "We needed these two points worse than they (did). It's huge for us and hopefully it will springboard us to something else."

Gustav Nyquist notched a goal and an assist, while Eaves, Tatar and Kyle Quincey each scored once for the Red Wings. Gustavsson, who will fill in as Detroit's No. 1 in the absence of Jimmy Howard, stopped 31 shots in the victory.

Howard expects to be out a week after injuring his knee in Monday's 4-1 loss against St. Louis. The goaltender is just one of many Detroit players dealing with injuries at the moment. Forwards Pavel Datsyuk (lower body), Daniel Alfredsson (back), Joakim Andersson (lower body), Johan Franzen (head), Corey Emmerton (finger) and Stephen Weiss (sports hernia surgery) are also sidelined for the Red Wings.

Detroit is 8-11-7 as the host this season and will close its homestand Sunday against Florida.

This evening's test marks the first meeting between the Canadiens and Red Wings in 2013-14. The clubs are old rivals, but are now in the same division thanks to the NHL's realignment plan, which moved Detroit from the Western Conference's Central Division to the Atlantic in the East.

Detroit has claimed seven of the past 11 in this series overall and the Canadiens have lost eight of their past 10 in the Motor City. Montreal enters Friday's test -- the first of four scheduled meetings this season between the Habs and Wings -- five points ahead of Detroit in the division standings.

The Red Wings are currently two points out of the final playoff spot in the East.

Montreal has lost two straight and three of its last four games and the club has been outscored by a 10-4 margin over its last two games. After getting dealt a 5-3 setback Saturday in Toronto, the Habs fell to 1-2-0 on a four-game road trip with Wednesday's 5-1 blowout loss at Pittsburgh.

Jussi Jokinen lit the lamp twice to lead the Pens in Wednesday's rout. Rene Bourque had Montreal's lone goal, while Daniel Briere and Brandon Prust picked up the assists.

Carey Price allowed all five goals on 21 shots before being pulled late in the second period. Peter Budaj entered in relief and stopped all 10 shots fired his way.

"We lost the game; that's the key for me. That's what's disappointing for us. We didn't play a good game and they were the better team," Budaj said.

Price will get the start on Friday and is 2-2-1 with a 2.36 goals against average against the Red Wings in his career.

Montreal is 13-10-2 as the road team this season. The club will begin a brief two-game homestand tomorrow against the Washington Capitals.

01/24 10:16:43 ET

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2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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