Morning Skate: Leafs vs Wings

8:00p ET, Joe Louis Arena

Detroit, Michigan

TV: NBCSN

Radio: 97.1 The Ticket

Leafs Blogs: PPP

Hey, we got hockey tonight! Neat. The Red Wings are riding a three game winning streak after weathering the storm against the Hurricanes, and taking them down 3-1 off of brilliant games by Pavel Datsyuk, Tomas Tatar, and Petr Mrazek.

The last time we saw the Wings play the Leafs, it was quite possibly the worst game Detroit has played all year. I think this team is much different today than it was then, so I like the matchup. I'm hoping to see the Zetterberg line shutdown the Kessel line, and let the red-hot 2nd and 3rd lines take it from there. Detroit has a really good chance at creating more space in the standings. They have a pretty favorable schedule coming up, so putting these points away will play a huge part down the road. Detroit was largely out-possessed by Carolina the other day, but they still found a way to win. Tomas Jurco is going to get more reps at first line opportunities, and that's a great thing. He's been fantastic over the past 10 games, and has played a huge part in the teams current success. Let's get the toasters ready, folks. Randy Carlyle wants a pop tart.

The Expected Lineups

Forwards

Gustav Nyquist Henrik Zetterberg Tomas Jurco
Tomas Tatar Pavel Datsyuk Darren Helm
Johan Franzen Riley Sheahan Stephen Weiss
Drew Miller Luke Glendening Joakim Andersson

Defensemen

Niklas Kronwall Jonathan Ericsson
Kyle Quincey Danny DeKeyser
Brendan Smith Jakub Kindl (??)

Goaltenders

Jimmy Howard (starting)
Petr Mrazek


Scratches: Daniel Cleary, & Jakub Kindl

Injuries: Justin Abdelkader (shoulder)

Forwards

James Van Riemsdyk Tyler Bozak Phil Kessel
Joffrey Lupul Nazem Kadri Mike Santorelli
Daniel Winnik Peter Holland Davey Clarkman
David Booth Trevor Smith Richard Panik

Defensemen

Dion Phaneuf Cody Franson
Jake Gardiner Korbinian Holzer
Morgan Rielly Stephane Robidas

Goaltenders

James Reimer (Starting)
Jonathan Bernier


Opponent Outlook

Player to Fear: Phil the Thrill. He might look like a custard-filled eclair, but the guy moves like a god damn antelope.

X-Factor: James Reimer. Good goalie, just a really bad coach.

Familiar Faces: Brendan Shanahan?


Stuff to think about:

  • Detroit has won their 8 out of 10 games.
  • Toronto has won 6 out of their last 10 games
  • James Reimer is a career 0-2-0 when starting at JLA./
LGRW