from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
What do fans have to look forward to over the next three months, other than the draft lottery and chance to land the No. 1 pick?
Filip Zadina’s development, for starters.
The organization’s top pick in 2018 (sixth overall) has made gradual progress since being promoted from Grand Rapids in late November. He has four goals and six assists in his past 15 games, after being held without a point in his first three.
from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,
The matchup: This is the second half of a back-to-back set for the Canadiens who dropped a 3-2 decision to the Winnipeg Jets Monday night at the Bell Centre. The loss extended the Canadiens’ current losing streak to six games. The Red Wings have the worst record in the NHL, but the Canadiens learned that records don’t mean a lot on Dec. 14 when Detroit defeated Montreal 2-1 at the Bell Centre. The Red Wings are on a two-game losing streak and are 2-8-0 in their last 10 games, Detroit ranks last in the league in both offence and defence.
Not growing old gracefully: The Red Wings’ plight would be understandable if the team was rebuilding, but former general manager Ken Holland allowed the team to grow old during the run in which the team reached the playoffs for 25 consecutive years. The Detroit roster is the second-oldest in the NHL behind Nashville, with nine players 30 or older. There are only 26 players in the league 35 or over and four of them are playing in Detroit. Tyler Bertuzzi is the Wings’ leading scorer with 15 goals and 31 points, while Longueuil native Anthony Mantha has 12 goals and Dylan Larkin has 10. They are all under the age of 25.
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