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Canadiens vs Red Wings: Game Thread

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Montreal looks to get off to a strong start after the Olympic break.

Richard Wolowicz

The Habs resume their 2014 campaign tonight versus the Red Wings. Both teams are fighting to secure a playoff spot, with the Red Wings sitting 6 points behind Montreal, and clinging to the last wild card position.

Unfortunately for Montreal, Carey Price sustained an injury during the Olympics, which he aggravated this morning at practice. However Montreal had already declared Peter Budaj the starter before Price aggravated his injury, which means they probably had a good idea what was going on with Price's health status.

Dustin Tokarski has been called up to back up Budaj.

Elsewhere on the injury front we'll see the return of both Alex Galchenyuk and Travis Moen. However Brandon Prust and Michael Bournival are still on the mend, and won't be dressing tonight.

The Canadiens will be honouring the returning Olympians tonight, which is good timing as the Red Wings are essentially team Sweden, but with a red jersey.

Puck drop is at 7:30 PM at the Bell Centre.

Here are your projected lineups:

Montreal Canadiens Prospective Lineup
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Daniel Briere Tomas Plekanec Brian Gionta
Max Pacioretty David Desharnais Brendan Gallagher
Alex Galchenyuk Lars Eller Rene Bourque
Dale Weise Ryan White Travis Moen
Left Defense Right Defense
Josh Gorges P.K. Subban
Andrei Markov Alexei Emelin
Douglas Murray Jarred Tinordi
Goaltenders
Peter Budaj
Dustin Tokarski

Scratches: George Parros

Injuries: Davis Drewiske (shoulder surgery, practicing), Michael Bournival (concussion, Carey Price (day-to-day), Brandon Prust (shoulder)

As for the Red Wings:

Detroit Red Wings Prospective Lineup
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Johan Franzen Pavel Datsyuk Todd Bertuzzi
Justin Abdelkader Darren Helm Daniel Alfredsson
Tomas Tatar Riley Sheahan Tomas Jurco
Drew Miller Joakim Andersson Gustav Nyquist
Left Defense Right Defense
Jonathan Ericsson Niklas Kronwall
Kyle Quincey Danny DeKeyser
Brian Lashoff Brendan Smith
Goaltenders
Jimmy Howard
Jonas Gustavsson

Check out the opposing side at Winging it in Motown.