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Lidstrom's status in question as Wings visit Habs

Wednesday, 01.25.2012 / 12:50 PM

By Arpon Basu - Managing Editor / At the Rink blog

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Lidstrom's status in question as Wings visit Habs
MONTREAL -- There is some intrigue regarding tonight's lone game on the NHL schedule, the Detroit Red Wings versus the Montreal Canadiens.

Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom left the morning skate early and was announced as a game-time decision due to illness.

Should Lidstrom be unable to go, it would snap his team-best streak of 213 straight games played.

On the Canadiens side, Travis Moen and Petteri Nokelainen are both out with upper-body injuries, meaning Randy Cunneyworth will dress seven defensemen and AHL call-up Andreas Engqvist will be in the lineup.

The goaltending matchup will be no surprise as fellow All-Stars Carey Price and Jimmy Howard will be in the nets.

Here are the expected lineups, and we're going on the assumption Lidstrom will dress:

Johan Franzen - Pavel Datsyuk - Todd Bertuzzi
Valtteri Filppula - Henrik Zetterberg - Jiri Hudler 
Danny Cleary - Darren Helm - Drew Miller
Tomas Holmstrom - Cory Emmerton - Justin Abdelkader

Nicklas Lidstrom - Ian White
Brad Stuart - Niklas Kronwall
Jonathan Ericsson - Jakub Kindl

Jimmy Howard
Ty Conklin

Max Pacioretty - David Desharnais - Erik Cole
Rene Bourque - Tomas Plekanec - Scott Gomez
Andrei Kostitsyn - Lars Eller - Michael Blunden
Mathieu Darche - Andreas Engqvist

Josh Gorges - P.K. Subban
Alexei Emelin - Raphael Diaz
Hal Gill - Tomas Kaberle
Chris Campoli

Carey Price
Peter Budaj
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