The NHL record for consecutive years making the playoffs is 29, set by the Boston Bruins from 1967-68 through 1995-96.
The Detroit Red Wings have made the playoffs for 22 consecutive seasons, but that streak is in jeopardy this year.
Heading into Thursday’s game against the Canadiens at Joe Louis Arena (7 p.m., TSN, RDS, TSN Radio 690) the Red Wings were barely holding on to the final wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference standings with a 33-25-14 record. The Canadiens are on a three-game winning streak.
“The focus has to be on tonight’s game,” Canadiens coach Michel Therrien told reporters after Thursday’s morning skate in Detroit. “There are two points on the line for us. It’s the same thing for the Red Wings. I like the way we’ve played lately. We’ve done a lot of good things. We just have to keep focusing to play some solid hockey.”
This will be the third of four meetings between the two teams this season and the Red Wings have won the first two. It’s the first game of a four-game road trip for the Canadiens, who enter the game sitting in second place in the Atlantic Division, two points ahead of Tampa Bay. The Lightning plays host to the New York Islanders Thursday night.
After Thursday’s morning skate, Therrien announced that Carey Price will start in goal, while Douglas Murray will be a healthy scratch on defence and forward George Parros will also sit out.
Here’s how the lines and defence pairings are expected to look against the Wings:
During his morning press conference, Red Wings coach Mike Babcock had some interesting things to say about Canadiens defenceman P.K. Subban and his experience at the Sochi Olympics. See the video below:
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(Videos by Dave Stubbs/The Gazette)