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Red Wings' Lashoff in for Kindl vs. Canadiens

by Paul Harris

CANADIENS (13-4-1) at RED WINGS (8-3-5)


DETROIT -- Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock usually doesn't change his lineup after a win.

However, defenseman Jakub Kindl will be a healthy scratch when Detroit plays the Montreal Canadiens on Sunday at Joe Louis Arena.

Kindl didn't play the last half of the Red Wings' 4-1 win against the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday.

Brian Lashoff, who has been a healthy scratch for most of the season, will replace Kindl against Montreal.

"He's scratched [Sunday]," was all Babcock would say about Kindl.

Kindl has been scratched in the past for not competing hard enough and committing turnovers. He scored power-play goals in successive games Nov. 5-7 to ignite Detroit's then-struggling power play but has one shot on goal in two games since then. He has four points and a plus-2 rating in 16 games this season.

The Canadiens defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 6-3 on Saturday for their fifth consecutive win.

Only a few players skated Sunday morning and coach Michel Therrien wasn't available to the media.

Montreal, first in the NHL standings, scored three power-play goals en route to beating Philadelphia. The Canadiens have four power-play goals in their past two games after managing three in their first 16 games.

"Obviously we'd like to get the power play going like that every night, but that's not the case," P.K. Subban, who had a power-play goal Saturday, told "We know that there was a lot of panic and a lot of talk about it as the season started, but for us in this room we know that we have the personnel to execute on the power play and I think that showed [Saturday]."

Backup goaltender Dustin Tokarski is expected to start after Carey Price played Saturday.

Montreal beat Detroit 2-1 in overtime in Montreal on Oct. 21 and has won three in a row against the Red Wings.

"They got good speed down the middle and good depth up front," Babcock said of the Canadiens. "They got 10 guys who have three or more points in the last five games; that's a lot. I was impressed when Chicago came in with eight.

"Their back end got bombs from the blue line and can get it going in a hurry. Last time we were up on them they found a way to score late. They came at us in the third. We were better for two periods, they were better in the third. It's a big game for our team."

Here are the projected lineups:


Max Pacioretty - David Desharnais - Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau

Alex Galchenyuk - Tomas Plekanec - Brendan Gallagher

Brandon Prust - Lars Eller - Jiri Sekac

Manny Malhotra - Dale Weise

Andrei Markov - P.K. Subban

Alexei Emelin - Mike Weaver

Sergei Gonchar - Tom Gilbert

Nathan Beaulieu

Dustin Tokarski

Carey Price

Scratched: Drayson Bowman

Injured: Michael Bournival (shoulder)


Gustav Nyquist - Henrik Zetterberg - Johan Franzen

Justin Abdelkader - Pavel Datsyuk - Tomas Jurco

Tomas Tatar - Riley Sheahan - Darren Helm

Drew Miller - Luke Glendening - Joakim Andersson

Jonathan Ericsson - Niklas Kronwall

Kyle Quincey - Danny DeKeyser

Brian Lashoff - Brendan Smith

Jimmy Howard

Petr Mrazek

Scratched: Daniel Cleary, Andrej Nestrasil, Jakub Kindl

Injured: Stephen Weiss (groin)

Status report: Mrazek was recalled from Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League after he was sent down to play a couple of games while the Red Wings had four consecutive days off last week.

Who's hot: Pacioretty, Montreal's leading goal scorer (eight) and point producer (15), has three goals and three assists in his past four games. … Franzen has three goals and three assists in his last five games.

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