DETROIT — This will be the first time Detroit and Montreal have met as division rivals since 1980-81.
That season the teams were in the Norris Division of the Prince of Wales Conference.
The first-place Canadiens finished 47 points ahead of the last-place Wings that season.
The teams last met almost two years to the date, Jan. 25, 2012. Montreal won 7-2 at home.
Montreal’s last appearance in Detroit was on Dec. 10, 2010. The Wings won 4-2.
Detroit is 4-2 in the past six meetings with Montreal.