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Morning Skate: Red Wings vs Maple Leafs, Predicted Lineups, How to Watch

NHL: Toronto Maple Leafs at Detroit Red Wings Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Time: 7:00pm ET

Place: Little Caesars Arena


Radio: 97.1 FM The Ticket, 1270 AM

Leafs blog: Pension Plan Puppets

The Wings are back in Detroit for tonight as they meet the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Pizzarena for the second time this season. The last time, coming up with a 3-1 victory on goals by DeKeyser, Daley (shorthanded) and Tatar (power play) after giving up the first of the game. Since then, the teams have gone in... kinda separate directions.

Tonight’s matchup features two teams that played last night - Detroit played a pretty good game against the Predators and took a 3-1 win out of Nashville while Toronto visited Pittsburgh and left with a closing gift of a 5-3 loss to the Penguins.

The Leafs are solidly in the Atlantic top-3 race, with a 19-point cushion over the Panthers (who do have four games in hand on them) and a +33 overall goal differential. They’re a team right now looking to see how to make a bit of noise when they get to the postseason but looking like they’ll have to take on either Boston or Tampa in the first round. Maybe if they had Luke Glendening to help them?

Detroit will have their hands full with a young team they should be taking a lot of organizational inspiration from, but man oh man screw the tank because I want the Wings to win this game.

Projected Lineups

Red Wings

(Based on last night’s game)

Anthony Mantha - Henrik Zetterberg - Gustav Nyquist
Tomas Tatar- Dylan Larkin - Andreas Athanasiou
Darren Helm - Frans Nielsen - Justin Abdelkader
Tyler Bertuzzi - Luke Glendening - Martin Frk

Jonathan Ericsson - Trevor Daley
Niklas Kronwall - Luke Witkowski
Danny DeKeyser - Nick Jensen

Jimmy Howard
Petr Mrazek

Maple Leafs

(Based on their last game preview from PPP)

Zach Hyman - Auston Matthews - William Nylander
Patrick Marleau - Nazem Kadri - Mitch Marner
James van Riemsdyk - Tyler Bozak - Connor Brown
Leo Komarov - Dominic Moore - Kasperi Kapanen

Morgan Rielly - Ron Hainsey
Jake Gardiner - Nikita Zaitsev
Travis Dermott - Connor Carrick

Curtis McElhinney
Frederik Andersen


Game Day Prediction Contest

Would you like to predict the outcome of the game and potentially become internet famous? Well you're in luck, because here's your opportunity. Here's how it works.

First off, if you don't have an SBN Username, make one! We'd love to have you, plus it's much easier to track your predictions season-long. Then make your guess on the winning team, final score, and who the Red Wings player of the game will be. Enter the required information into the form below using the formats indicated. If you don't use those formats, your answers will be disregarded. All submissions are timestamped and will be accepted only until the official game start time. Only one submission per person, please. The Red Wings POTG will be determined by the collective of WiiM writers.

Each correct winning team prediction is worth 1 point. Each correct player of the game prediction is worth 3 points. Each correct final score prediction is worth 5 points. If you get all three correct, you'll receive 15 points.

Good luck!