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Montreal takes to the road as Habs look to rock Red Wings in Detroit for sixth straight win

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Owners of a 5 game win streak, the Canadiens roll into Detroit to face the Red Wings after a very successful four game homestand. Dustin Tokarski will spell Carey Price in nets in the second of back-to-back games, but that might be the only change to a lineup that has found a fair amount of success despite its somewhat unorthodox approach (11 forwards, 7 defense with Nathan Beaulieu seeing time as both).

The Wings will sit Daniel Cleary (not at all surprising), Andrej Nestrasil (last name sounds like fast acting nasal spray that requires a prescription), and Jakub Kindl. Kindl has played over 200 NHL games, but still has never solidified a spot in Detroit's top four. Brian Lashoff will skate alongside Brendan Smith in his place.

Looking over Detroit's lineup - specifically Niklas Kronwall - I can't help but think of hockey playing brothers. The Leafs drafted Staffan Kronwall and quite obviously picked the wrong brother, but at 285th overall it wasn't that big a roll of the dice. I'm intrigued by teams who fall in love with bloodlines and end up getting things wrong like the Ferraro twins when the Rangers drafted both of them in 1992 and neither panned out. Washington with Brian Sakic, Montreal with Marcel Hossa, or whoever has Jared Staal. It's not always a colossal mistake and the Canadiens parlayed Marcel Hossa into the legendary Garth Murray, but I just find it interesting.

Have a favorite NHL brother combo? Always was intrigued by the Dionnes because of the huge age difference between Marcel and Gilbert.

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Montreal Canadiens Projected Lineup
Left Wing
Right Wing
Max Pacioretty David Desharnais PA Parenteau
Alex Galchenyuk Tomas Plekanec Brendan Gallagher
Brandon Prust Lars Eller Jiri Sekac
Nathan Beaulieu Manny Malhotra Dale Weise
Left Defense
Right Defense
Andrei Markov
P.K. Subban
Alexei Emelin
Mike Weaver
Sergei Gonchar Tom Gilbert
Dustin Tokarski
Carey Price

Scratched: Drayson Bowman

Injured: Michael Bournival

As for the Detroit Red Wings, here's how they'll look tonight:

Detroit Red Wings Projected Lineup
Left Wing
Right Wing
Gustav Nyquist Henrik Zetterberg Johan Franzen
Justin Abdelkader Pavel Datsyuk Tomas Jurco
Tomas Tatar Riley Sheahan Darren Helm
Drew Miller Luke Glendening Joakim Andersson
Left Defense
Right Defense
Jonathan Ericsson
Niklas Kronwall
Kyle Quincey Danny DeKeyser
Brian Lashoff Brendan Smith
Jimmy Howard
Petr Mrazek

Injured: Stephen Weiss (groin), Jonas Gustavsson (shoulder)

Scratched: Daniel Cleary, Jakub Kindl, Andrej Nestrasil

Check out the opposing side at Winging It In Motown