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Gameday Updates: Red Wings at Canadiens

"Magic-8 ball, what lineup will the Red Wings ice against the Canadiens tonight?" "Try again later."

Team Sweden missed the Olympics so much, they decided to have a reunion.
Team Sweden missed the Olympics so much, they decided to have a reunion.
Leon Halip

Something tells me a matchup like this between two Original Six rivals (there, I took care of my contractual obligations) would have been a lot more compelling than last night's Carolina at Buffalo game. Oh well. I just hope we'll all have a happy hump day with the result of tonight's game.

Red Wings

  • Boy, oh boy, where do I even begin? I guess we'll start with the easy and the obvious: Jimmy Howard is getting the start tonight in net.
  • Khan gives us the defense pairs: Ericsson-Kronwall, Quincey-DeKeyser, Lashoff-Smith. St. James tells us that Ryan Sproul's been called up for this trip as the seventh defenseman because Jakub Kindl has a knee injury. Oh joy, I can't wait to get back to the Red Wings injury roulette.
  • The rest of the lineup from the morning skate, per Khan:


    Johan Franzen
    Pavel Datsyuk Todd Bertuzzi
    Justin Abdelkader
    Darren Helm Daniel Alfredsson
    Tomas Tatar
    Riley Sheahan Tomas Jurco
    Drew Miller
    Joakim Andersson
    Gustav Nyquist

  • Are you ready for some GAME-TIME DECISIONS?! Bertuzzi is in for sure. Sproul won't play for sure. Franzen is a game-time decision, though Mike Babcock is pretty confident he'll be good to go. Ken Holland is also pretty confident about both Franzen and Datsyuk.
  • So much for the first game after the Olympic break: Stephen Weiss won't play tonight or tomorrow.


  • Carey Price was apparently going to get a scheduled day of rest today, so Peter Budaj would have been tonight's starter for the Canadiens anyway.
  • According to Kulfan though, Price apparently is out day-to-day with the ever prevalent "lower-body injury." You'd think with how often guys suffer from these upper- and lower-body injuries, trainers would be more adept at preventing them.
  • Canadiens' projected lineup:


    Max "Maybe should have stayed home?" Pacioretty
    David "This guy again?" Desharnais Brendan "He's got a lot of" Gallagher
    Danny "Kindl and a 3rd' Briere
    Tomas "Not Tatar or Jurco" Plekanec Brian "I AM going to be traded mid-game" Gionta
    Alex "ander? I hardly know her" Galchenyuk
    Lars "Larsis, Larsi, Larsem, Larse" Eller Rene "Is forbidden from eating" Bourque
    Travis "Former Duck vs. Red Wings" Moen
    Ryan "Bleu, Rouge, et" White
    Dale *cough*cough* Weise


    Josh "More than one" Gorges
    P. K. "Canadian benchwarmer" Subban
    Andrei "This pair" Markov
    Alexei "was good enough for Team Russia!" Emelin
    Nathan "Neauathieuan" Beaulieu
    Douglas "Wait, I'm Swedish?" Murray


    Peter "Anti-Roy" Budaj
    Dustin Tokarski

In case you couldn't stomach the Olympic hockey results anymore, the Canadiens are going to pour some salt in some wounds by honoring the Canadian Olympic men's and women's ice hockey teams tonight prior to puck drop. Of course, it's in Canada, so I really shouldn't be surprised our neighbORs to the north are rubbing this in our faces, especially with Team Sweden coming to town tonight. (s/t to Kyle and Michelle for the picture.) The least we can do is thank our hosts by taking two points tonight and letting them have zero. Shhh, don't ask how this is thanking them, just do it.