Detroit Red Wings vs. Toronto Maple Leafs (Game Number 42) Winter Classic Live Thread

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Today is the big day! The Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings are gearing up to take it outside in about an hour to participate in this year’s Winter Classic. A record crowd of 107,000 or so will be packed into Michigan Stadium to take in the atmosphere, and I dare say there will be more than a few Leafs fans who made the trek from nearby Southern Ontario.

It’s going to be cold, so if you are planning to head down to the stadium, dress warmly. You won’t be dealing with Edmonton-level temperatures out there, but minus-11 degrees Celsius (12 degrees Fahrenheit) coupled with a wind chill still isn’t balmy by any means. But that’s all part of the atmosphere, right? I’ll be thinking of you sitting beside my fireplace watching on TV.

Jonathan Bernier will see the crease for the fourth straight game, the first such streak a Leaf goaltender has seen all season. The guy on the other end will be Jimmy Howard, who started for the first time since December 10 in a 6-4 loss to the Nashville Predators on Monday. It was a shaky return for Howard, so the Leafs will look to test him early to see if that performance is repeated this afternoon.

Both teams have struggled (as clearly documented if you’ve been following the 24/7 HBO documentary over the last few weeks), so maybe a chance to get outside and breathe in the crisp, fresh air will do them some good. The teams are tied for fourth in the Atlantic Division, and sit precariously in the two wild-card spots at the moment. They’ll be hoping to start the New Year on the right foot and make some ground on the third-place Montreal Canadiens, while still trying to keep the New Jersey Devils, New York Rangers and Ottawa Senators from nipping their heels.

For information on how to watch, how to listen, when the game starts, as well as the starting lineups and injuries, be sure to take in the preview compiled by Jeff. I have a feeling Daniel Alfredsson is going to play despite injury concerns, just because this will probably be his last opportunity to play in a game like this. I also have a weird hunch that Jerry D’Amigo is going to score for the Leafs, because he’s due for a goal and these outdoor games always seem to provide unexpected moments. Am I wrong?

Please comment below as you watch the game. If you’re especially irritated by the Leafs’ play because of a wicked hangover this afternoon, well, just know that you’re not alone. You can follow along with the tweeters right here:


GOOOOOOOOOOOOO LEAFS GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Topics: 2014 Winter Classic, Daniel Alfredsson, Jimmy Howard, Jonathan Bernier, Toronto Maple Leafs

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  • Tim Bayer

    Uhhhhh…

    @DarrenDreger: “Leafs and Hurricanes trying to complete Tim Gleason trade. It’s not done, still some work to do, but it’s headed towards conclusion. #tsn”

    • Jeffrey Langridge

      If it’s just Liles going the other way, it’s a great deal for the Leafs.

      • Jeffrey Langridge

        Nick Kypreos says it could Liles and a prospect going the other way. Can’t imagine it being a high-end prospect.

        • Tim Bayer

          adding a prospect is insane.

          • Jeffrey Langridge

            Playmaking d-men are more valuable than shutdown d-men, that is why the a prospect is going the other way.

          • Tim Bayer

            The Leafs are adding the prospect. Gleason is an alleged “shutdown” d-men, no?

  • Tim Bayer

    We now interrupt your Tim Gleason speculating with a hockey game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings.

  • Jeffrey Langridge

    Predictions for the game?

    • Tim Bayer

      Snow.

      • Jeffrey Langridge

        Wind

        • Tim Bayer

          Beer.

  • Jeffrey Langridge

    Odds of Liles-Gleason deal happening during the game? That would be a first for the Winter Classic.

  • Tim Bayer

    These jerseys are sick.

  • Tim Bayer

    Ehhhh might’ve been a hold on DeKeyser

  • Jeffrey Langridge

    Helm not playing for Detroit.

    • Jeffrey Langridge

      Alfredsson is.

  • Tim Bayer

    Kinda sad to see Holland on the fourth line. What a waste of talent.

  • Tim Bayer

    There’s already a lot of snow on the ice. SHOVELS OUT!

  • Jeffrey Langridge

    My thoughts exactly.

    @DamoSpin: “Tim Gleason, if he can find his game, might give the Leafs what a healthy Mark Fraser gave them last season. Or a lot more.”

    Leaf fans should at least give Gleason a chance before dumping on him.

    • Tim Bayer

      Sure. I just find it worrisome when people who have watched the Canes a lot more than me are so down on him.

      • Jeffrey Langridge

        @DarrenDreger: “Pending call. Gleason to Toronto for Liles and Robertson (d-man).”

        Robertson was a sixth round pick in 2011 and is still in college. Not a high-end prospect at all.

        • Tim Bayer

          that’s a relief.

          • Jeffrey Langridge

            If Robertson ever becomes an NHLer, it won’t be for a while.

  • Tim Bayer

    POWER PLAY

  • Dan Goldsmith

    Any updates on Gleason-Liles? If anything it gives Carlyle one more player who’ll play his style. Rielly and Gardiner nullify a lot of what Liles brings.

    • Tim Bayer

      Gleason for Liles and Robertson.

    • Jeffrey Langridge

      All but confirmed. It will be made official pretty soon.

      • Jeffrey Langridge

        Trade Call will happen later today according to John Shannon.

  • Tim Bayer

    I have a feeling this is going to be yet another game that ends in a shootout.

  • Dan Goldsmith

    That Lupul crosscheck was ugly, call from Shanahan coming soon?

    • Tim Bayer

      I missed it. Crosscheck to the head?

      • Jeffrey Langridge

        Neck.

        • Tim Bayer

          yikes

  • Tim Bayer

    Of course Alfie crosschecked D’Amigo from behind. It’s his go-to move.

  • Jeffrey Langridge

    First Period Over. 0-0. Red Wings Shots: 13 Leaf Shots: 5

  • Tim Bayer

    Just wrote a little something on the reported Gleason trade: http://editorinleaf.com/2014/01/01/report-toronto-maple-leafs-trade-for-tim-gleason/

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  • Jeffrey Mullen

    Hey guys, happy new year….

    • Jeffrey Langridge

      Happy New Year to you as well.

    • Tim Bayer

      Happy New Year!

  • Tim Bayer

    This game is awful

  • Tim Bayer

    BLARGH

  • Tim Bayer

    SCREW YOU ALFIE

  • Jeffrey Mullen

    This game is terrible. If it was in either the ACC or Joe I would have likely turned it off by now

    • Tim Bayer

      haha

  • Tim Bayer

    I think it went off Lupul’s skate

  • Tim Bayer

    Big Save Bernier

  • Tim Bayer

    UPDATE: It’s still snowing.

  • Tim Bayer

    WHEW

  • Jeffrey Mullen

    JVR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jeffrey Langridge

    1-1!

  • Jeffrey Mullen

    He’s spent nearly as much time on his ass today as I have

  • Tim Bayer

    That JvR goal was freakin gorgeous

  • Tim Bayer

    The winning song in that HNIC SongQuest thing sounded pretty good.

  • Tim Bayer

    Two hours and 46 minutes later and the third period is just starting.

  • Tim Bayer

    Gunnarsson has quietly had a very good game in my opinion.

  • Tim Bayer

    FRIG YEAH

  • Tim Bayer

    Gotta be a good goal. BOZIE!

  • Tim Bayer

    Ugh. Bad penalty for JvR to take there.

  • Tim Bayer

    Bernier’s rebound control is impeccable.

  • Tim Bayer

    Crap.

  • Tim Bayer

    More snow.

  • Jeffrey Langridge

    Maple Leafs the first Canadian team to win a Winter Classic. Yes I know they’re the first team to play in one.

  • Tim Bayer

    The Leafs still can’t win in regulation but we’ll take it I guess.

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