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Wings vs. Leafs: Updates, Predicted Lineups, Keys to the Game

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

Updates

Predicted Lineups

Wings morning skate was optional so the lines are guesswork based on beat writer tweets but...

Wings

Bertuzzi-Larkin-Raymond
Fabbri-Copp-Berggren
Kubalik-Veleno-Perron
Erne-Rasmussen-Sundqvist

Walman-Seider
Chiarot-Hronek
Määttä-Oesterle

Husso
Hellberg

Leafs

Jarnkrok-Tavares-Marner
Bunting-Nylander-Engvall
Kerfoot-Kampf-McMann
Aston Reese-Holmberg-Hunt

Rielly-Holl
Giordano-Timmins
Sandin-Liljegren

Samsonov or Murray TBD

Keys to the Game

  1. Be as cliche as possible*: play a full 60 minutes, a 200-foot game, keep your legs moving, get special teams goin’ *does not apply to dump and chase as a strategy
  2. But seriously, DEFENSE: We love to see defense do offense, but we also really love seeing defense do defense. Too many “whoopsie” 2-on-1s have happened because someone got a little pinchy.
  3. Learn something: The best way to learn about history is to make old man jokes despite everyone being tired of them. Persevere. Just like Demosthenes did in 330 B.C. when Bunting tried to silence him during his scathing review of Bunting’s backchecking in the now-famous speech, “On the Crown.”