A rare meeting between two of the most successful franchises in NHL history will have the stage to itself Wednesday night as the league's final contest before the All-Star break.
The current versions of the Detroit Red Wings and Montreal Canadiens, however, don't have very much in common.
The visiting Red Wings (33-15-1) are already guaranteed to spend the weekend in a familiar spot atop the overall standings, thanks largely to a 17-game home winning streak that's three shy of matching an NHL record.
They extended that run and captured a seventh straight victory overall Monday, rallying for a 3-1 win over St. Louis.
"Winning never gets old," said goalie Jimmy Howard, who will make the short trip to Ottawa after this game with teammate Pavel Datsyuk for the All-Star festivities.
It's safe to say the Canadiens (18-21-9) are sick of losing after a disappointing first half that included the firing of coach Jacques Martin and a trade that shipped away forward Michael Cammalleri.