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Game 6

Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

7:30p ET, Bell Centre

Montréal, Québec

TV: Fox Sports Detroit

Radio: 97.1 The Ticket

Canadiens Blogs: Habs Eyes On The Prize

The Wings are headed across the boarder to take on the top team in the NHL. No, I haven't been sniffing these dry erase markers I found in my desk. The Canadiens are 5-1-0 with 10 points on the season after beating the Crapalanche on Saturday night when P.K. Subban did this. P.K. must have been fueled by  farts that he uses to assault opposing goaltenders; I hope Jimmy brought his gas mask with him. The Wings are 3-1-1 with 7 points in their goody bag and there's good chance they'll be getting the services of Pavel Datsyuk back tonight. Pavel sounds probable for the game tonight, but the Wings won't have to make any roster cuts because Johan Franzen is unfortunately still out with a sore groin (my computer auto completes the words "out with a" with "groin") and the Wings have put him on short term IR. Datsyuk said he won't know for sure until after morning skate if he's playing, but indications are good.

I'm picking the Wings to win tonight because I feel confident that at least half our team could beat Tinordi in a hula hoop competition and Mike Babcock can beat these chumps in a staring contest any day.

The Expected Lineups

Forwards

Henrik Zetterberg Pavel Datsyuk Justin Abdelkader
Gustav Nyquist Riley Sheahan Tomas Tatar
Tomas Jurco Darren Helm Andrej Nestrasil
Joakim Andersson Luke Glendening Drew Miller

Defensemen

Niklas Kronwall Jonathan Ericsson
Brendan Smith Danny DeKeyser
Kyle Quincey Jakub Kindl

Goaltenders

Jimmy Howard (starting)
Jonas Gustavsson


Scratches: Daniel Cleary, Stephen Weiss & Brian Lashoff

Injuries: Johan Franzen (groin)

Forwards

Max Pacioretty
David Desharnais
Brendan Gallagher
Alex Galchenyuk Tomas Plekanec
P.A. Parenteau
Rene Bourque Lars Eller
Jiri Sekac/Dale Weise
Travis Moen Manny Malhotra Brandon Prust


Defensemen

Alexei Emelin P.K. Subban
Andrei Markov Tom Gilbert
Mike Weaver Jarred Tinordi


Goaltenders

Carey Price (starting)
Dustin Tokarski


Bullets of Knowledge

  • The Red Wings are 203-273-96-0 (W-L-T-OTL) all-time in the regular season against the Canadiens.
  • The Habs once had day jobs as Waldo stunt doubles in the Where's Waldo books, just to confuse people.
  • Jimmy Howard is 3-2-0 with a 3.13 GAA and .880 SV% in 5 starts against the Canadiens.
  • Henrik Zetterberg is off to a hot start with 6 points in 5 games, but did you know he likes playing against the Habs? In 9 career games against them, Zetterheart has 8 points.



Let's Go Red Wings!!!