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

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Confirmed Line Combinations For Tonight

Red Wings' Lineup

Forwards

Dylan Larkin Henrik Zetterberg Justin Abdelkader
Darren Helm Pavel Datsyuk Brad Richards
Gustav Nyquist Riley Sheahan Tomas Tatar
Joakim Andersson Luke Glendening Tomas Jurco

Defensemen

Niklas Kronwall Mike Green
Danny DeKeyser Jonathan Ericsson
Brendan Smith Alexey Marchenko

Goaltenders

Petr Mrazek
Jimmy Howard

Scratches: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Injuries: Johan Franzen, Kyle Quincey, Drew Miller, Teemu Pulkkinen

Power-play Units:

1st unit: Dylan Larkin, Henrik Zetterberg, Justin Abdelkader, Niklas Kronwall, Gustav Nyquist

2nd unit: Tomas Tatar, Pavel Datsyuk, Riley Sheahan, Brad Richards, Mike Green

    Canadiens' Lineup

    Forwards

    Max Pacioretty Alex Galchenyuk Sven Andrighetto
    Lars Eller Tomas Plekanec Paul Byron
    Tomas Fleischmann David Desharnais Dale Weise
    Daniel Carr Brian Flynn Charles Hudon

    Defensemen

    Andrei Markov P.K. Subban
    Alexei Emelin Jeff Petry
    Greg Pateryn Tom Gilbert

    Goaltenders

    Dustin Tokarski
    Mike Condon

    NOTE: There were no actual updates from Habs writers, just speculation that Nathan Beaulieu, and Christian Thomas may sit, while Charles Hudon and Greg Pateryn will play.

    UPDATE: They are in. Lineups have been adjusted. Charles Hudon will make his NHL debut.

    Key Match-Ups

    Top-six vs Top-six

    We have a whole slew of talent between these 12 players. Not sure how Blashill will match lines, but I'd really like to see the Datsyuk line go head-to-head with the Plekanec line.

    Petr Mrazek vs Dustin Tokarski

    We are playing a "3rd string" goalie this evening. That either means we're going to get shutout, or we'll win 1-0. Or we'll score alot. One of the three. Regardless, Mrazek is going to have a lot on his plate with one of the most-scoring teams in the NHL. Gotta be sharp.

    Energy vs Fatigue

    As I said in the Morning Skate, the Habs played Boston last night, while the Red Wings had the day off. Here is to hoping that the Wings come out with some hop in their stride, and take advantage of a tired team.