Morning Skate: Maple Leafs at Red Wings

Game 5

7:00p ET, Joe Louis Arena

Detroit, MI

TV: Fox Sports Detroit, NHL Network & CBC

Radio: 97.1 The Ticket

Leafs Blogs: Pension Plan Puppets

The Red Wings won a great game in Toronto last night. These teams play again tonight. It probably won't be as easy of a game for the Wings. Johan Franzen might be out with leg spasms. He went hard into the boards after scoring his 2nd goal of the night. If Mule is out, Justin Abdelkader moves to the top line and Stephen Weiss will make his season debut.

Read the rest of this post and then go here immediately so we can all laugh at Phil Kessel some more!

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The Expected Lineups


Gustav Nyquist Henrik Zetterberg Johan Franzen
Tomas Tatar Riley Sheahan Tomas Jurco
Justin Abdelkader Darren Helm Andrej Nestrasil
Joakim Andersson Luke Glendening Drew Miller


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


Jonas Gustavsson (starting)
Jimmy Howard

Scratches: Daniel Cleary, Stephen Weiss & Brian Lashoff

Injuries: Pavel Datsyuk (shoulder)


James van Riemsdyk Tyler Bozak Phil Kessel
Joffrey Lupol Nazem Kadri Daniel Winnik
Leo Komarov Mike Santorelli David Clarkson
Not Brandon Kozun Peter Holland Richard Panik


Dion Phaneuf Cody Franson
Roman Polak Stuart Percy
Morgan Rielly Jake Gardiner


Joanthan Bernier (starting)
James Reimer

Bullets of Knowledge

  • The Red Wings are 278-273-93-4 (W-L-T-OTL) all-time in the regular season against the Maple Leafs.
  • Here are the responses I got from family & friends about Phil Kessel's profession: pipefitter, hot dog eating contestant, gynecologist, preschool teacher, anger management and drinking.
  • Gustavsson has only faced the Leafs once. It occurred last season and he allowed 4 goals on 23 shots. The Wings won the game in a shootout./
Let's Go Red Wings.