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Red Wings vs. Maple Leafs: Gameday Updates, Team Lineups, Keys to the Game

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

Not a lot of skating for two tired teams this day, but this is a great picture

And while we’re on pictures, congrats to Darren Helm

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

Keys to the Game

Survive The First

The Leafs will be looking to come out strong and have the firepower to do so. While both teams are going from the played last night push leftover, the Wings winning and Leafs losing should light the fires a bit more. Detroit will have to be careful not to fall behind because of key 2.

Accept the Boring Game

Mike Babcock likes to choke the fun out of hockey games and Jeff Blashill is basically an acolyte of that outlook, but the Leafs have more weapons if it’s going to be a track meet, so let the slog happen and try to win on the chances you are able to create while each coach is trying to outsmart the other playing plugs against offensively-talented people.

Keep on their Defense

The Leafs’ weak point continues to be their blue line. This can be exploited by playing in their end and staying patient. The Wings tend to play more counter-punch, but should work on cycling low-to-high better in order to get those blueliners moving around. Speed on zone entries will help with this, but keeping the third forward from overcommitting low and making sure that your own d-men pinching are well-covered will be just as important.

Let’s Go Red Wings!