Montreal Canadiens vs Detroit Red Wings: Game Thread

Richard Wolowicz

Two original 6 clubs. Two historic franchises. Two struggling teams. A classic match up indeed.

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For the first time since Detroit joined the Atlantic division, the Red Wings and the Habs will face off.

Detroit is struggling since their move to the Eastern Conference. However things aren't much better for the Habs.

The Habs are 9-9-2 in their last 20 games. The Wings are sporting a 7-10-3 record during that time frame.

Montreal will look to bounce back from a crushing loss to the Penguins, in which they gave up 5 goals in roughly 35 minutes. Coach Michel Therrien seems to be losing his grip on reality, as is evidenced by the defensive pairings.

The saving grace is that Detroit isn't exactly lighting the league on fire. They've suffered a plethora of injuries this season and some lack luster production from certain veterans.

Jonas Gustavsson, who has won four games in a row, will get the start for the Red Wings.

Once again Raphael Diaz is left off the roster, even if he's far from being Montreal's worse d-man, however such is life in a Therrien regime.

Puck drop is at 7:30 PM at Joe Louis Arena.

Here are your projected lineups:

Montreal Canadiens Prospective Lineup
Left Wing
Center
Right Wing
Lars Eller Tomas Plekanec Brian Gionta
Max Pacioretty David Desharnais Brendan Gallagher
Rene Bourque Daniel Briere Brandon Prust
Travis Moen Michael Bournival Louis Leblanc
Left Defense
Right Defense
Josh Gorges Nathan Beaulieu
Andrei Markov Alexei Emelin
Douglas Murray P.K. Subban
Goaltenders
Carey Price
Peter Budaj

Scratches: Raphael Diaz, Francis Bouillon, George Parros.

Injuries: Davis Drewiske (shoulder surgery, practicing), Alex Galchenyuk (wrist, 3-4 weeks), Ryan White (shoulder, 1-2 weeks).

As for the Detroit Red Wings:

Prospective Lineup
Left Wing
Center
Right Wing
Gustav Nyquist Henrik Zetterberg Justin Abdelkader
Tomas Jurco Riley Sheahan Tomas Tartar
Daniel Clearly Darren Helm Daniel Alfredsson
Drew Miller Luke Gledening Patrick Eaves
Left Defense
Right Defense
Niklas Kronwall Jonathan Ericsson
Kyle Quincey Danny Dekeyser
Brian Lashoff Brendan Smith
Goaltenders
Jonas Gustavsson
Peter Mrazek

Scratches: Mikael Samuelsson, Todd Bertuzzi.

Injuries: Johan Franzen (concussion), Pavel Datsyuk (day-to-day), Jimmy Howard (flu), Stephen Weiss (groin).

Check out the opposing side at Winging it in Motown.

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