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Red Wings vs Habs: Gameday Updates, Line Combinations, Key Match-ups

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Line Combinations

Red Wings Lineup (maybe.)

Forwards

Justin Abdelkader Henrik Zetterberg Dylan Larkin
Tomas Tatar Brad Richards Darren Helm
Gustav Nyquist Riley Sheahan Teemu Pulkkinen
Drew Miller Luke Glendening Joakim Andersson

Defensemen

Niklas Kronwall Jonathan Ericsson
Danny DeKeyser Mike Green
Kyle Quincey Jakub Kindl

Goaltenders

Petr Mrazek (starting)
Jimmy Howard

Scratches: Brendan Smith, Tomas Jurco, Landon Ferraro, Daniel Cleary (technically he is still with the team, so)

Injuries: Pavel DatsyukJohan Franzen

Power Play Units:

  • Nyquist-Zetterberg-Larkin, Abdelkader (net front), Kronwall
  • Tatar-Sheahan (net front)-Pulkkinen, Green, Richards
  • Canadiens Lineup

    Forwards

    Max Pacioretty Tomas Plekanec Brendan Gallagher
    Lars Eller Alex Galchenyuk Alexander Semin
    Tomas Fleischmann David Desharnais Dale Weise
    Brian Flynn Torrey Mitchell Devante Smith-Pelly

    Defensemen

    Andrei Markov P.K. Subban
    Alexei Emelin Jeff Petry
    Nathan Beaulieu Tom Gilbert

    Goaltenders

    Carey Price (starting)
    Mike Condon

    Scratches: Paul Byron

    Injuries: Zack Kassian

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    Fun facts!

    Red Wings all-time record against Montreal: 203-275-96-2

    Red Wings goals for per game (GF/G) against Montreal: 2.56

    Red Wings goals against per game (GA/G) against Montreal: 3.04

    Data provided by hockeyreference.com

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    Players to Watch:

    For Detroit:

    Danny DeKeyser.

    Assuming he is in tonight (they sent Alexey Marchenko to Grand Rapids, so it's pretty safe to assume such things), he'll likely be a bit rusty to begin with. Gotta shake off the cobwebs, and get into game shape. The team needs him desperately. The defense performed less than what we expect last night, and if they plan to keep up with the pack this year, they simply need to be better.

    For Montreal:

    P.K. Subban.

    He's awesome, don't you know? I hate it, because he's legitimately one of my favorite NHL players, but I have to root against him tonight. We know the story with him - One of the best defenders in the league, booming slapshot, fantastic personality, and all-around good dude. It's hard not to cheer for him. He's just a lot of fun to watch.

    Key Match-ups:

    Petr Mrazek vs Carey Price.

    Pretty sure this is what the game is going to come down to. The Habs have been playing very inspired hockey as of late, but the Red Wings will have a chip on their shoulder after a brutal loss to a weak team last night. Price is the best goalie in the league, and probably the world. So I just have to think that goaltending will be a deciding factor in this game.

    Max Pacioretty vs Dylan Larkin.

    Because why not? Two University of Michigan alumni who left after their freshman year, going head-to-head. Both speedy, both skilled. That should be a fun match-up.