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Canadiens vs Red Wings game thread

Pavel Datsyuk returns to the lineup as the Red Wings roll into Montreal for an Original Six matchup. Bournival returns to Montreal - creating a crowded bench. Who sits? Who plays?

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Pavel Datsyuk makes his season debut tonight which is great for those of us in fantasy keeper leagues who didn't know whether to keep him or chuck him. It's not so great for the Habs as Datsyuk has 7 goals in 11 games. I forget that Detroit has only recently moved to the Eastern Conference, hence the relatively low number of games played against the Habs for a guy who's been in the league since 2001.

Dale Weise draws back into the lineup tonight while Jiri Sekac sits. I wouldn't consider it too controversial, just seems like part of the rotation when you have a fully healthy complement of forwards. Michael Bournival was recalled on Monday which makes me wonder if the Habs will make a corresponding roster move/trade. There's just far too many guys who deserve playing spots and not enough roster spots. Not a bad problem to have.

One bad problem to have is a shitty power play and surprise! both the Wings and the Habs have that problem. The Habs are showing some life and clicking at 15%, Detroit is at 9.5% - which is just sad.

Eller? Bourque? Desharnais? Who scores their first of the season tonight?

Puck drop is at 7:30 PM ET.  You can watch:

In Canada (English): City TV
In Canada (French): RDS
In Detroit: FS-Detroit
Elsewhere: NHL Center Ice or NHL Gamecenter Live

Montreal Canadiens Projected Lineup
Left Wing
Right Wing
Max Pacioretty David Desharnais Brendan Gallagher
Alex Galchenyuk Tomas Plekanec PA Parenteau
Rene Bourque Lars Eller Dale Weise
Brandon Prust Manny Malhotra Travis Moen
Left Defense
Right Defense
Alexei Emelin
P.K. Subban
Andrei Markov
Tom Gilbert
Jarred Tinordi Mike Weaver
Carey Price
Dustin Tokarski

Scratches: Jiri Sekac, Nathan Beaulieu, Michael Bournival

As for the Detroit Red Wings, they'll have their say with:

Projected Lineup
Left Wing
Right Wing
Pavel Datsyuk
Henrik Zetterberg
Justin Abdelkader
Gustav Nyquist Riley Sheahan
Tomas Tatar
Tomas Jurco
Darren Helm
Andrej Nestrasil
Drew Miller
Luke Glendening
Joakim Andersson
Left Defense
Right Defense
Niklas Kronwall
Jonathan Ericsson
Jakub Kindl
Brendan Smith
Kyle Quincey
Danny Dekeyser
Jimmy Howard
Jonas Gustavsson

Injured: Johan Franzen (muscle spasm)

Scratches: Stephen Weiss

Check out the opposing side at Winging It In Motown