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Game 4

Darren Helm doesnt' need feet to completes his hat trick against the Leafs
Darren Helm doesnt' need feet to completes his hat trick against the Leafs
Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sport

7:30p ET, Air Canada Centre

Toronto, ON

TV: Fox Sports Detroit

Radio: 97.1 The Ticket

Leafs Blogs: Pension Plan Puppets

Leave your  toasters and fancy stats loving friends at home because the Wings are about to invade Toronto. The Wings lost in a shoot out to the Bawston Brooooooins on Wednesday night, despite Jimmy Howard pulling out his jimmy and beating the entire Bruins team with it and  Mike Babcock is still pissed at himself for not putting Gustav Nyquist on the ice for the power play in OT. Let's not do any of that again, eh? The Leafs have been off since Tuesday night when they beat the Colorado Crapalanche 3-2 in OT. We may see some necessary shuffling of D pairings tonight and Justin Abdelkader may or may not be injured and if he's out, we should see Stephen Weiss make his season debut.

There's always something a little extra satisfying about beating the Leafs for me. Maybe it's because they do so many stupid things, maybe it's because watching their fans and media set themselves on fire and run through the streets it infinitely entertaining, or maybe it's because they picked Dick Panik up off waivers from Tampa and I will always freaking hate that fartmuncher who has singlehandedly concussed Adam Almqvist, dirty charged Tomas Jurco, got Nyquist kicked out of a key playoff game in the Calder Cup Finals for "spearing", and is generally a dick to everyone. No I don't hold a grudge, why do you ask?

I'd like the Wings to win this game, and maybe some of the big names can score some goals.

The Expected Lineups

Forwards

Gustav Nyquist Henrik Zetterberg Johan Franzen
Tomas Tatar Riley Sheahan Tomas Jurco
Justin Abdelkader Darren Helm Andrej Nestrasil
Joakim Andersson Luke Glendening Drew Miller

Defensemen

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

Goaltenders

Jimmy Howard (starting)
Jonas Gustavsson


Scratches: Daniel Cleary, Stephen Weiss & Brian Lashoff

Injuries: Pavel Datsyuk (shoulder)

Forwards

James van Riemsdyk Tyler Bozak Phil Kessel
Brandon Kozun Nazem Kadri Daniel Winnik
Carter Ashton Peter Holland Matt Frattin / Richard Panik
Leo Komarov Mike Santorelli David Clarkson


Defensemen

Dion Phaneuf Stephane Robidas
Morgan Rielly Cody Franson
Stuart Percy Roman Polak


Goaltenders

Jonathan Bernier (starting)
James Reimer


Bullets of Knowledge

  • The Red Wings are 278-273-93-4 (W-L-T-OTL) all-time in the regular season against the Leafs.
  • On October 5, 1991 Nicklas Lidstrom recorded his first NHL point, an assist, against the Maple Leafs at Maple Leaf Gardens.
  • On October 15, 1993 Chris Osgood made his NHL debut in a loss against the Leafs. He looked only 5 years younger than he does today.
  • Howard is 2-1-1 with a 2.49 GAA and .901 SV% in 5 career regular season starts against Toronto.
  • Jonas Gustavsson still has nightmares about being a Leaf, but as you can see he gets happier every year he's not in Toronto.



Let's Go Red Wings!!!