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Preseason Game Preview: "Il Finale" Detroit Red Wings at Toronto Maple Leafs

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After a domineering win over the most fiscally valuable yet least successful NHL franchise over the last 46 years, the Red Wings look to wrap up the preseason with a strong finish.

Hey look, it's Alfie!
Hey look, it's Alfie!
Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Who: Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Detroit Red Wings

What: Preseason Hockey

Where: Air Canada Centre - Toronto, ON, Canada

When: 7:00 PM

How: This game will be televised nationally on the NHL Network in the United States and on CBC in Canada. Those wishing to listen on the radio can listen on CBS Sports Radio Detroit 1270 AM.

As with yesterday's preview, the Wings and Leafs look to re-kindle their fire in this season of love, switching flags, accents, and venues for one evening.

  • The Red Wings scored 3 power play goals in last night's game in Detroit. For a team that has been struggling with special teams as of late, that's huge.
  • Daniel Alfredsson scored his first goal on Joe Louis Arena ice last night. Let's hope he sticks it to the fans that invaded Melnyk's palace over the last two decades.
  • Is there a goalie controversy in Toronto or something?
  • This is the last chance for a few players on both rosters to prove that they indeed belong in the NHL, as the Wings have some cap clearing to do and will almost certainly make use of Waivers this coming Sunday
  • Phil Kessel is putting his wood chopping skills to use and went to work in the forest for a week or two. He'll be back soon with a longer beard and weirder faces.
  • This is David Clarkson's last game before he officially goes on maternity leave. Hilariously, he's not playing.


The Wings' lineup hasn't been released yet, but the eight players they called up from Grand Rapids will probably be playing. That list includes Mitch Callahan, Calle Jarnkrok, Teemu Pulkkinen, Riley Sheahan, Ryan Sproul, and Jared Coreau.  They also signed Jeff Hoggan and Nathan Paetsch to professional try outs to be available to play. We'll update in the comments or the gamethread if/when the lines are released.

Leafs Projected Lineup:

Jerry D'Amigo Trevor Smith Troy Bodie
David Broll Dave Bolland Spencer Abbott
Carter Ashton Joe Colborne Josh Leivo
Jamie Devane Greg McKegg Colton Orr

Morgan Rielly John-Michael Liles
Andrew MacWilliam Cody Franson
Stuart Percy Korbinian Holzer

James Reimer
Drew MacIntyre

Please, share your funniest Leafs jokes in the comments.