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Mon, 16 Feb 2015 Canadiens @ Red Wings 7:30 PM RDS, SNE


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Season series: The Detroit Red Wings have scored two goals against the Montreal Canadiens in the first two games, dropping each one (0-1-1). Canadiens goalies Dustin Tokarski and Carey Price each recorded a win.

Canadiens team scope: The top defense pairing of P.K. Subban and Andrei Markov might be in for a second straight game with elevated minutes in lieu of the upper-body injury sustained by defenseman Sergei Gonchar against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday. Subban logged 35:21 and Markov played 31:57 after Gonchar was knocked out of the game by a hit from David Clarkson. Gonchar did not make the trip, and the Canadiens called up defenseman Greg Pateryn from Hamilton of the American Hockey League on Sunday. Montreal, which is also without forward P.A. Parenteau (concussion), is atop the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference with 76 points. The Canadiens have earned nine of 10 points in their previous five games (4-0-1) and have a four-game winning streak against the Red Wings dating back to last season.

Red Wings team scope: Detroit has lost back-to-back games, but the bigger concern is the number of goals allowed. The Red Wings gave up a combined eight goals in the past two games, and coach Mike Babcock thinks it was more on the Red Wings' play than goaltending. Babcock changed his top forward lines in practice Sunday, putting Gustav Nyquist on the top line, but told reporters he wasn't sure if he'd go with the new look. Goalie Jimmy Howard, who allowed all four goals against the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday, will make his second straight start after missing five weeks because of a groin injury. Detroit had three goalies in practice, but a move could be coming. Howard had one net to himself, while Petr Mrazek and Jonas Gustavsson split time. Babcock said he'd prefer to have two. Forward Johan Franzen (concussion) remains out.

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Thanks for the GDT, htl. :) . Mucho Gracias.

The Canadiens can’t afford to take penalties because the Red Wings have the best power play in the league, scoring on 26.3 per cent of their opportunities. Henrik Zetterberg is the Wings’ leading scorer with 49 points, while the top snipers are Tomas Tatar with 23 goals and Gustav Nyquist, who has 12 of his 20 goals on the power play.

Only the Buffalo Sabres (45 goals) have scored less on the road this season than the Canadiens (52 goals). <_<

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I wonder if there will be any penalty calls reversed in tonight's game? <_<

Nope. Crosby isn't playing. <_<

It would be nice to see De La Rose notch his first NHL goal tonight. Or Beaulieu. Or Weaver.

At first I was like :blink::wacko: but then I remembered who our coach is, and then I was like :mellow: .

:lol: :lol:

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Any word on our lines for tonight?

Couldn't find the line-ups, but Cakes is a healthy scratch and Gilbert is in for Gonchar.

Pacioretty - DD - Prust

Eller - Bournival - Weise

Malholtra - Gionta - Lafleur

PAP - Gallagher - Galchenyuk

Subban - Markov

Pleks - DLR

Price - Tokarski


Yeah, like its that farfetched.

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I just don't see us winning this one.

I did leave a piece of chicken on the counter which turned into dog food before one short trip out of the kitchen so it might not be my day for thinking clearly.

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