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Morning Skate: Red Wings vs. Maple Leafs- How To Watch, Projected Lineups

The Red Wings look to remedy three consecutive overtime losses against the Maple Leafs

NHL: Centennial Classic-Detroit Red Wings at Toronto Maple Leafs Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Red Wings (20-19-9, 6th Atlantic Division) vs.

Toronto Maple Leads (22-14-9, 3rd Atlantic Division)

How To Watch/Listen/Read

Puck Drop: 7:00 EST

TV: Fox Sports Detroit

Radio: 97.1 The Ticket

Leafs SB Nation Blog: Pension Plan Puppets

Last night the Red Wings snatched another point in overtime vs. the Bruins before losing on a David Pastrnak clapper. Tonight they head back home to face Toronto who will be rested following an easy disposal of the Flames at home Monday night.

The Leafs (swallows vomit) are one of the best stories in the NHL. They’ve gone through an improbably smooth dismantle and rebuild in just two seasons. They’re likely going to make the playoffs and will arguably the most exciting team in it.

As a Red Wings fan I hate to admit how likable the Leafs have become. They’re incredibly young (nine rookies!), flashy, move the puck as good as any team in the league right now and they push “these kids like to have fun” past cliche. If I could make a comparison, they remind me of an NHL version of Team North America from the World Cup—they do have Auston Matthews and Morgan Rielly who are both alums.

Does this mean I’ll root for them in the playoffs? No. Will I crack a beer and thoroughly enjoy watching them? Yes. But with hopes they’ll eventually collapse in the most crushing way possible. Like maybe blowing a 4-1 lead in the 3rd period of a game 7. Wait, no, that could never happen.

Since the Wings played last night with travel, I doubt we’ll get much, if anything in way of lineup changes from an optional morning skate. I’ll project the same lineup as last night but watch out for Kronwall getting a night off and both Ott and Vanek returning from injury. Look for any updates in the Game Day Update posted this afternoon.

Red Wings Projected Lineup, Injuries and Scratches

(Courtesy of luminary, Mlive’s Ansar Khan and some projecting based on last night’s third period lines)

Forwards

Nyquist-Zetterberg-Tatar

Athanasiou-Nielsen-Mantha

Abdelkader-Sheahan-Jurco

Miller-Glendening-Helm

Defense

DeKeyser-Green

Ericsson-Ouellet

Kronwall-Jensen

Starter

Petr Mrazek

Scratches and Injuries

Ott (shoulder, day-to-day), Vanek (lower body, day-to-day), Larkin (upper body, day-to-day), Marchenko, Sproul, Coreau (back up)

Leafs Projected Lineup, Scratches and Injuries

(From Pension Plan Puppets’ Katyaknappe)

Forwards

Zach Hyman - Auston Matthews - Connor Brown

James van Riemsdyk - Tyler Bozak - Mitch Marner

Leo Komarov - Nazem Kadri - William Nylander

Matt Martin - Frederik Gauthier - Nikita Soshnikov

Defense

Martin Marincin - Nikita Zaitsev

Jake Gardiner - Connor Carrick

Matt Hunwick - Roman Polak

Starter

Frederick Andersson

Scratches and Injuries

Morgan Rielly (lower body, day-to-day), Frank Corrado, Curtis McElhinny (back up)

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Game Day Prediction Contest

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