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LGD: Winged Wheels have Landed

The Leafs are hosting the Detroit Red Wings tonight in the second of a back-to-back weekend. The Leafs had a solid 5-3 win last night when the New York Rangers were in town. Detroit had the benefit of an afternoon game yesterday at their home arena against the Panthers, giving them a little bit more time to rest before tonight’s contest.

So far this season, the Leafs have played the Red Wings twice, going 1-0-1 in those games. They will play tonight, and then once more later in the year, getting four total games against their division rival.

The scoring for the Leafs has been on fire lately, scoring 18 goals in their last 3 games, so they’ll look to have another scoring festival tonight.

Leafs Lines

Since the Leafs played last night, the morning skate should only have the players who aren’t playing tonight. The lines will be updated after the skate, but for now, let’s assume they’ll run the same lineup they did last night, but with a change in the starting goalie. 

After the injury to Tyler Ennis last night, it is expected that Trevor Moore will take his place on the minimally-used Leafs 4th line.

It’s also expected that Justin Holl will play on the bottom pairing tonight, with Igor Ozhiganov being out with an illness and Martin Marincin having played the last 2 games in his place.

LW C RW Forwards
Andreas Johnsson
ANDREAS JOHNSSON

Rating: 74.0#44 LW

John Tavares
JOHN TAVARES

Rating: 81.2#14 C

Mitch Marner
MITCH MARNER

Rating: 78.1#17 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 77.77#19 FL1
Patrick Marleau
PATRICK MARLEAU

Rating: 74.7#34 LW

Auston Matthews
AUSTON MATTHEWS

Rating: 85.7#6 C

Kasperi Kapanen
KASPERI KAPANEN

Rating: 73.7#47 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 78.03#2 FL2
Connor Brown
CONNOR BROWN

Rating: 70.6#96 LW

Nazem Kadri
NAZEM KADRI

Rating: 78.1#31 C

William Nylander
WILLIAM NYLANDER

Rating: 75.7#33 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 74.81#2 FL3
Par Lindholm
PAR LINDHOLM

Rating: 71.4#90 LW

Frederik Gauthier
FREDERIK GAUTHIER

Rating: 69.5#175 C

Trevor Moore
FL4 Rating
Rating: 70.86#9 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Morgan Rielly
MORGAN RIELLY

Rating: 80.2#5 LD

Ron Hainsey
RON HAINSEY

Rating: 72.8#45 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 76.53#11 DL1
Jake Gardiner
JAKE GARDINER

Rating: 78.0#8 LD

Nikita Zaitsev
NIKITA ZAITSEV

Rating: 71.3#74 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 74.68#9 DL2
Travis Dermott
TRAVIS DERMOTT

Rating: 74.1#35 LD

Justin Holl


DL3 Rating
Rating: 72.42#8 DL3
GOALIES
Garret Sparks
GARRET SPARKS

Rating: 69.4#46 G1

Frederik Andersen

FREDERIK ANDERSEN

Rating: 77.1#11 G2

Red Wings Lines

The same assumption was made for the Wings, that they will use the same roster that they used last night. Since former Leaf Jonathan Bernier got the start last night, the Leafs will likely face Jimmy Howard in goal instead.

LW C RW Forwards
Gustav Nyquist
GUSTAV NYQUIST

Rating: 75.0#33 LW

Dylan Larkin
DYLAN LARKIN

Rating: 78.4#29 C

Justin Abdelkader
JUSTIN ABDELKADER

Rating: 70.4#109 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 74.62#27 FL1
Thomas Vanek
THOMAS VANEK

Rating: 71.5#87 LW

Andreas Athanasiou
ANDREAS ATHANASIOU

Rating: 74.1#60 C

Michael Rasmussen
MICHAEL RASMUSSEN

Rating: 71.2#138 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 72.25#27 FL2
Tyler Bertuzzi
TYLER BERTUZZI

Rating: 72.3#67 LW

Frans Nielsen
FRANS NIELSEN

Rating: 72.2#102 C

Luke Glendening
LUKE GLENDENING

Rating: 69.2#114 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 71.23#19 FL3
Christoffer Ehn
CHRISTOFFER EHN

Rating: 72.2#68 LW

Jacob De La Rose
JACOB DE LA ROSE

Rating: 68.4#185 C

Martin Frk
MARTIN FRK

Rating: 69.4#111 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 69.99#21 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Niklas Kronwall
NIKLAS KRONWALL

Rating: 71.1#89 LD

Nick Jensen
NICK JENSEN

Rating: 70.8#86 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 70.94#30 DL1
Dennis Cholowski
DENNIS CHOLOWSKI

Rating: 71.8#72 LD

Trevor Daley
TREVOR DALEY

Rating: 70.4#108 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 71.09#26 DL2
Jonathan Ericsson
JONATHAN ERICSSON

Rating: 68.5#131 LD

Filip Hronek
FILIP HRONEK

Rating: 72.4#51 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 70.46#21 DL3
GOALIES

Jimmy Howard
JIMMY HOWARD

Rating: 76.9#13 G1

Jonathan Bernier
JONATHAN BERNIER

Rating: 68.7#52 G2

Preview

The Leafs are quite clearly the better team on paper, but with division rivals, we know well that anything can happen. The Red Wings have struggled so far this season, and the Leafs have had a lot of success, but this game will still be a challenge as much as any NHL game will.

In this competition, it will be important for the Leafs to be focused on these three Keys to the Game:

  • Stay focused!
    • No game is easy
  • Keep the powerplay going
    • The Leafs PP has been hard to stop lately
  • Protect Sparks
    • He has struggled of late, so keep the shots easy and to the outside

The game starts at 7:30 pm tonight, and will be broadcast on Sportsnet. See you there, and Go Leafs Go!

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