Toronto Maple Leafs Game Preview Number 38: Detroit Red Wings

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Who: Detroit Red Wings (16-12-9) at Toronto Maple Leafs (18-16-3)

Where: Air Canada Centre

When: 7:00 PM EST

Where to watch: NHLN, CBC, FS-D

Where to listen: Sportsnet 590 The Fan

Enemy Blog: Octopus Thrower

Lines:

Toronto

Forwards:

James van Riemsdyk-Nazem Kadri-Phil Kessel

Mason Raymond-Peter Holland-Joffrey Lupul

David Clarkson-Jay McClement-Nikolai Kulemin

Jerry D’Amigo-Jerred Smithson-Troy Bodie

Defense:

Carl Gunnarsson-Dion Phaneuf

Cody Franson-Jake Gardiner

Morgan Rielly-Mark Fraser

Goalies:

James Reimer

Jonathan Bernier

Detroit

Forwards:

Todd Bertuzzi-Pavel Datsyuk-Tomas Jurco

Dan Cleary-Riley Sheahan-Daniel Alfredsson

Drew Miller-Joakim Andersson-Tomas Tatar

Jordin Tootoo-Luke Glendening-Patrick Eaves

Defense:

Niklas Kronwall-Jonathan Ericsson

Kyle Quincey-Brendan Smith

Danny DeKeyser-Brian Lashoff

Goalies:

Jonas Gustavsson

Petr Mrazek

Notes:

-James Reimer will make his third consecutive start, the first time all season he was started as many games in a row.

-The Red Wings are without a win a the Air Canada Centre in over a decade, their last coming on November 16, 2002. The Leafs are victors of three of the last four meetings the teams have had.

-Today’s game is a preview of sorts for the Winter Classic in eleven days, as well as the season series opener for the Leafs and Wings. There are four games between the teams this season.

-Detroit’s injury woes make this game something of a gimme for the Leafs, The Wings are missing their starting goalie in Jimmy Howard, as well as Henrik Zetterberg, Johan Franzen, Darren Helm, Justin Abdelkader, Stephen Weiss, and Gustav Nyquist.

-The Leafs have one regulation win since November 19.

Remember folks, don’t miss our game thread tonight!

Topics: James Van Riemsdyk, Niklas Kronwall, Pavel Datsyuk, Phil Kessel, Toronto Maple Leafs

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