Liveblog: Canadiens at Detroit

Detroit Red Wings left wing Darren Helm (43) checks Montreal Canadiens left wing Paul Byron (41) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, April 5, 2018, in Detroit. Carlos Osorio / AP

Hit the Reset button … and pray that it works.

The Canadiens’ killer schedule – six of seven on the road, including the tough California swing – did not begin well in New Jersey.

They are still clinging to a Wildcard spot. But a loss Tuesday night in Detroit, combined with a Carolina win on home ice against L.A. and either a Pittsburgh win or Overtime loss in Columbus, would knock the Canadiens out of the Top 8 spot they’ve occupied for pretty much the whole NHL season.

And after that 40-minute no-show in Newark, are there any optimists out there?

The Canadiens have shown resilience this season. But there are problems that have to be solved … and fast.

• The power play has been a mess since the season began.

• Shea Weber has not been good. And the Captain’s struggles have exposed the weaknesses of Victor Mete, Weber’s fast but undersized partner.

• The Finns are fading: Jesperi Kotkaniemi struggles in road games, and Arturri Lehkonen struggles everywhere.

• The fourth line can’t score.

Will these issues be rectified in Detroit?

Let’s hope.

The Canadiens have beaten the Wings in two previous games this season: 7-3 at the Bell Centre, 3-2 in Detroit.

Carey Price starts again. New D-man Christian Folin draws in for Mike Reilly.

Puck drops 7:40ish.

Check back later for live game blogging.

• This is why I love sports: L.A. Clippers head coach Doc Rivers calls Timeout and takes over the PA mic to urge an ovation for Dallas Mavericks Dirk Nowitzki.




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