- The Detroit Red Wings are still suffering from multiple injuries to important players including Stephen Weiss, Darren Helm, Henrik Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk, Dan Cleary, Tomas Jurco, Joakim Andersson, Justin Abdelkader and former Leaf Jonas
- Partly due to the above mentioned injuries, the Red Wings find themselves three points behind the New York Rangers for the final wild card position in the East. If they miss the playoffs, it will be the first time since the 1990-1991 season (excluding lockout years).
- Dave Bolland still hasn’t been given an expected return date. He’s well past the window that was originally suggested by the team but his skating still hasn’t fully returned.
- The Leafs appear to be dressing seven defensemen again tonight rather than having Colton Orr on the fourth line. Look for the defensemen to be shuffled around regularly and for everyone to see some playing time.