Did you know that Yonge Street hasn’t been the longest road in the world for quite some time now? This is mostly because people noticed that it didn’t just flow into Highway 11, but forked off a few minutes before the actual end of Yonge.
That’s pretty useless information, but just like Yonge is now a whole different ballgame with a whole different car-driving speed than Highway 11, the preseason is much different from the real deal. Tonight, it gets about as close as it can, though, as the Leafs take on the Red Wings in their last test before regular season action on Wednesday.
All roster information courtesy of Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press
Forwards: Zach Hyman, Connor Brown, Matt Martin, Mitch Marner, Milan Michalek, James van Riemsdyk, Brooks Laich, Peter Holland, Wiliam Nylander, Josh Leivo, Auston Matthews, Tyler Bozak, Nazem Kadri, Leo Komarov
Defence: Matt Hunwick, Connor Carrick, Frank Corrado, Nikita Zaitsev, Morgan Rielly, Roman Polak, Jake Gardiner, Martin Marincin
Frederik Andersen is expected to start in goal while Jhonas Enroth backs him up.
The Red Wings
Forwards: Teemu Pulkkinen, Justin Abdelkader, Gustav Nyquist, Riley Sheahan, Tomas Tatar, Anthony Mantha, Henrik Zetterberg, Darren Helm, Frans Neilsen, Thomas Vanek, Dylan Larkin, Andreas Athanasiou
Defence: Brendan Smith, Mike Green, Jonathan Ericsson, Alexey Marchenko, Xavier Ouellet, Danny Dekeyser
Petr Mrazek is expected to start in goal while Jared Coreau backs him up.
What To Watch For
Well, this is the big one. This is the game where a few bubble players are going to get their last shot to make the team, but just as importantly, we’ll see a more-or-less complete Leafs roster take on a more or less complete Red Wings roster.
Puck drop is at 7:00 PM and you can catch the action on TSN 4.
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