By Dave Hart
Red Wings 3, Canadiens 2 – Darren Helm’s two goals led the Red Wings over the first place Montreal Canadiens on Thursday night.
Justin Abdelkader tied the game in the third period for Detroit with his 10th goal of the season.
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.