Detroit sports glance: Red Wings skate past Montreal Canadiens, move closer to first place

By Dave Hart
LocalSportsJournal.com

Red Wings 3, Canadiens 2 – Darren Helm’s two goals led the Red Wings over the first place Montreal Canadiens on Thursday night.

LSJ Logo incertThe Red Wings continued their point streak, earning at least a point in the standings in the last 12 contests.

Justin Abdelkader tied the game in the third period for Detroit with his 10th goal of the season.

Detroit goaltender Petr Mrazek picked up the win, stopping 23 of 25 shots.Eye on the D

The Red Wings are now 16-8-5 on the season, good for 37 points and second place in the Atlantic Division.

Detroit will travel to take on the New Jersey Devils on Friday night.

Record: 16-8-5   37 pts

2nd Place in Atlantic Division (4 pts behind Montreal)

Tied for 4th Place in Eastern Conference (4 pts behind Montreal)

5 pts ahead of New Jersey for the last playoff spot

Magic # to clinch 25th straight playoff berth: 105 pts

Magic # to clinch Atlantic Division title: 109 pts

Magic # to clinch Eastern Conference: 116 pts

Next Game: 12/11/2015 @ New Jersey Devils 7:00 p.m. @ Prudential Center

Stats: Goals- Darren Helm 2 (3), Justin Abdelkader (10) Assists- Joakim Andersson (2), Pavel Datsyuk (5), Luke Glendening (5), Niklas Kronwall (10), Henrik Zetterberg (18). Goaltender- Petr Mrazek W (9-4-3) 23 saves on 25 shots.

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