Charles Hudon will make his NHL debut on the Canadiens fourth line with Brian Flynn and another rookie re-call Daniel Carr.
Dustin Tokarski will be in goal replacing Mike Condon.
Sven Andrighetto will remain on the line with Max Pacioretty and Alex Galchenyuk. Christian Thomas will be a healthy scratch.
Nathan Beaulieu will not play against the Red Wings. Ten days ago he was staggered by a punch thrown by Columbus forward Nick Foligno. The Canadiens came under fire for what was perceived to be a failure of observe concussion protocol; which they vehemently denied. In the three games since, Beaulieu’s play has deteriorated along with his ice time to the point where he was moved down to the third pairing Wednesday night against Boston. Prior to the fight with Foligno, Beaulieu’s ice time was around 20 minutes. In the three games since the fight it has been between twelve and thirteen minutes. Greg Pateryn will replace him against the Red Wings.
Including the Detroit game, Canadiens man-games-lost-to-injury total rises to 46. The total for all of last season was 88 man-games. The current injury list includes Carey Price plus forwards Brendan Gallagher, Torrey Mitchell and Devante Smith-Pelly.
Alexander Semin has now officially been released by the Canadiens after not one team in the entire NHL was interested in his services. He has now agreed to play for Magnitigorsk of the KHL. In announcing the signing of Semin, Magnitigorsk president Gennady Velichkin said “only God can judge” how NHL coaches handled Semin over the last four years.