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Gameday Updates: Red Wings at Maple Leafs

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Can both teams play in their home uniforms every time they play each other? Pretty colors.

Oooohhh, that's a nice bow tie there Phaneuf, did you mother tie it for you?
Oooohhh, that's a nice bow tie there Phaneuf, did you mother tie it for you?

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24/7, Original Six, Maple Laffs, Dead Things, 1967, playoff streak, anti-Corsi darlings, Bozak, Clarkson, Samuelsson, Cleary. There, I think I hit on everything I'm contractually obligated to mention, so now we can move on to more relevant things like . . . oh yeah, there's a game tonight!

Red Wings

  • Jonas Gustavsson will get the start in goal. The Monster should be looking to feast on some Buds tonight.
  • REJOICE! The Red Wings begin their ascent back to full health with the return of Danny DeKeyser. He takes the place of Jakub Kindl in the lineup and will be paired with Kyle Quincey.

Red Wings' Updated Projected Lineup:


Tomas Jurco
Pavel Datsyuk Daniel Alfredsson
Drew Miller
Joakim Andersson Tomas Tatar
Daniel Cleary
Luke Glendening Patrick Eaves
Todd Bertuzzi
Riley Sheahan Jordin Tootoo


Niklas Kronwall
Jonathan Ericsson
Kyle Quincey
Danny DeKeyser
Brian Lashoff
Brendan Smith


Jonas Gustavsson
Petr Mrazek

Injury Updates:

  • We might not be seeing Stephen Weiss for a while, unfortunately: the injured center recently learned the extent of his injury, a sports hernia. The team is apparently trying to decide whether to have surgery now or later, but if he has to have the surgery anyway, why wait?
  • Gustav Nyquist and Justin Abdelkader have been placed on IR. "You put a Red Wing in, you take a Red Wing out, you put a Red Wing in and . . ." Wait, don't shake him all about, or else you'll end up hurting him even more!
  • Jimmy Howard aims to play in the Winter Classic. If nothing else, he does have some sweet Winter Classic pads.
  • Darren Helm was on a line at practice yesterday with Riley Sheahan and Daniel Alfredsson. As you saw in the projected and updated lineup above, Helm's not playing tonight but is shooting for Monday against the Islanders so he can do more stuff like this (without the possibly getting hurt part).
  • Zetterberg is skating, but the target date for his return remains Dec. 28 against the Florida Panthers.
  • No updates on Franzen, other than that he did not accompany the team to Toronto.

On the "often injured but even though he's healthy now and we have 7 players out with injury he still can't get into the lineup" front:

Maple Leafs

  • Having lost 5 of 6 going into Thursday's game against Phoenix, the Maple Leafs squeaked out two points in a shootout victory off a stellar goaltending performance from James Reimer. Reimer will get his third straight start tonight.

Maple Leafs' Projected Lineup:


James "haha the Flyers traded me for Luke Schenn" van Riemsdyk
Nazem "Detroit's 43 is so much better than me in looks and hockey ability" Kadri Phil "the face of America" Kessel
Mason "Glad I got out of Vancouver" Raymond
Peter "I play as well as the average hockey player from" Holland Joffrey "Why did my parents name me this" Lupul
David "I started my Leafs career with a Shanaban" Clarkson
Jay "Where's my Selke Trophy!?!?!" McClement Nikolai "I've been in Toronto way too long" Kulemin
Jerry "Why oh why do I hav to lay with these guys" D'Amigo
Trevor "I'm in the NHL?" Smith Troy "I learned how to goon in Anaheim, so I'm a perfect fit for Toronto" Bodie


Carl "Look at all my double consonants" Gunnarsson
Dion "How do you think I feel"  Phaneuf
Cody "Whoa, the ACC isnt' much louder than the Nashville arena" Franson
Jake "Randy Carlisle puts me in a position to succeed" Gardiner
Morgan "I have a really bright future in Toronto" Rielly
Mark "Haha the Leafs think I can play against good teams" Fraser


James "I don't mind seeing 35 shots a night"  Reimer
Jonathan "Sure wish I were still a King right now" Bernier

Just remember guys, no matter how rough Wings fans have it right now, it could always be worse:

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Let's Go GriffWings!!!