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Morning Skate: Red Wings at Maple Leafs

Detroit Red Wings v Toronto Maple Leafs Photo by Mark Blinch/NHLI via Getty Images

Time: 7:00 Eastern
Place: Scotiabank Arena, Toronto ON
TV: BSDET, CBC
Radio: 97.1 FM The Ticket // 1270 AM
Leafs Blog: Pension Plan Puppets

Preview

Detroit heads to Toronto to finish out the pre-Halloween back-to-back and the month of October. For the last two games they’ve fallen behind 2-0 before climbing back to force overtime.

Last night’s game was a big playoff atmosphere type game and I’m real happy with the way the Wings responded. Tonight will be another big test.

Toronto rested yesterday... unless you count Morgan Rielly’s contract-signing hand. Overall a disappointing start to the season for the Leafs who find themselves at 3-4-1 with a -9 goal differential and looking up at both the Wings and the Sabres in the standings.

So what’s been ailing them? Well for one they’ve been shooting terribly and for the other they’ve been stopping shots just about as poorly. Their power play is 3-for-25 on the season. William Nylander is putting up points, but the other big names haven’t come online yet.

Ultimately, this looks like a team that’s going to get right eventually. Hopefully not yet.