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POSTED ON Wednesday, 12.10.2014 / 3:00 PM ET

Comerica Bank Game Day Preview - Toronto Maple Leafs
Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Detroit Red Wings

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 12.10.2014 / 2:00 PM ET



Mike Babcock
Babcock
"We look good at this point...but it's gonna be 82 long and we understand how important it is to get better."
-
Mike Babcock

Joakim Andersson will be back in the lineup, keeping
that fourth line of Glendening and Miller together.

Joakim Andersson
Andersson

Mike Babcock
Babcock
"They're good...they're trustworthy, they play hard, they drag our other guys into battle. They know how to play."
- Mike Babcock on the fourth line

Dan Cleary will likely be a healthy scratch after playing last game.

Daniel Cleary
Clearly

Jakub Kindl
Kindl
Jakub Kindl will be back in the lineup tonight.

Kindl is expected to take Lashoff's spot on the blue line.

Jakub Kindl
Kindl

Jimmy Howard
Howard
Jimmy Howard will get the start in goal.

James Reimer is expected to be in net for Toronto.

James Reimer
Reimer

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 12.10.2014 / 12:00 PM ET

Score First - Toronto is an amazing 12-0 this season when they score the first goal of the game. Make them play catch-up hockey.

Play Solid D - Both teams have been scoring a lot lately. Toronto has scored four goals or more in six of their last eight games. Howard needs to be sharp.

Win the special teams battle - Detroit has the edge in both the PP and PK numbers, but Toronto's special teams are good, too. One special teams tally could be the difference in a tight game.

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 12.10.2014 / 11:30 AM ET

(Photo by Detroit Red Wings Archive)

On December 10th, 1947


Left Wing Marty Pavelich begins a 10-season career with the Red Wings.

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 12.10.2014 / 10:45 AM ET

(Photo by Dan Mannes/Detroit Red Wings)

The Maple Leafs visit Hockeytown twice this year, but tonight's trip doesn't exactly come at an optimal time for Toronto, as they'll face a Red Wings team that's scorching right now. Detroit has won three in a row and seven of its past eight to move into first place in the Atlantic Division; the Red Wings and Tampa Bay Lightning each have 39 points but Detroit has a game in hand.

"All in all, I think we're off to a pretty good start," defenseman Niklas Kronwall said. "But at the same time, I still think there's some work to be done. I still think that we can play even more solid over the course of 60 minutes."

Detroit has had a two-day break after defeating the Carolina Hurricanes 3-1 on Sunday, so they should be fresh and rested against a Maple Leafs team that played last night.

Welcome to the Detroit Red Wings Game Day Blog, where you can get behind-the-scenes information, thoughts from players and staff, and up-to-date news on anything and everything Red Wings on game day.

You can watch today's 8:00 PM matchup on NBC-SN, or listen in with Ken Kal and Paul Woods on 97.1 The Ticket.

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POSTED ON Sunday, 12.7.2014 / 8:00 PM ET


Tatar buries backhand pass from Datsyuk
Detroit Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk sends a great backhand pass to Tomas Tatar in front of the net to score on Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward.

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POSTED ON Sunday, 12.7.2014 / 7:55 PM ET


Tonight's Stars of the Game Powered by Ram Trucks are...

1. Pavel Datsyuk (1 Goal, 2 Assists)

2.
Tomas Tatar (2 Goals)

3. Petr Mrazek (34 Saves)

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POSTED ON Sunday, 12.7.2014 / 7:50 PM ET

(Photo by Gregg Forwerck/NHL)


Detroit picks up their third straight victory tonight in Carolina (3-1), propelling them into a tie for first place in the Eastern Conference. Petr Mrazek was great, stopping 34 shots. Pavel Datsyuk and Tomas Tatar (2) were the goal scorers.

Thanks for tuning in to our game day blog, we'll see you Wednesday night when we take on the Maple Leafs.

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POSTED ON Sunday, 12.7.2014 / 4:00 PM ET

Justin Abdelkader Jonas Gustavsson Daniel Cleary Brian Lashoff
Justin Abdelkader
(Shoulder)
Jonas Gustavsson
(Shoulder)
Daniel Cleary
(Healthy Scratch)
Brian Lashoff
(Healthy Scratch)


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POSTED ON Sunday, 12.7.2014 / 3:00 PM ET


LEFT WING CENTER RIGHT WING
Gustav Nyquist Henrik Zetterberg Johan Franzen
Tomas Tatar Pavel Datsyuk Darren Helm
Tomas Jurco Riley Sheahan Stephen Weiss
Drew Miller Luke Glendening Joakim Andersson

LEFT DEFENSE RIGHT DEFENSE
Niklas Kronwall Jonathan Ericsson
Kyle Quincey Danny DeKeyser
Brendan Smith Jakub Kindl

GOALTENDER
Petr Mrazek

Detroit Red Wings Depth Chart presented by Flagstar Bank

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SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 77 17 49 -6 66
P. Datsyuk 63 26 39 12 65
T. Tatar 82 29 27 6 56
G. Nyquist 82 27 27 -11 54
J. Abdelkader 71 23 21 3 44
N. Kronwall 80 9 35 -4 44
R. Sheahan 79 13 23 -3 36
D. Helm 75 15 18 7 33
D. DeKeyser 80 2 29 11 31
S. Weiss 52 9 16 -2 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Howard 23 13 11 .910 2.44
P. Mrazek 16 9 2 .918 2.38

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