Morning Skate: Maple Leafs vs Red Wings Line Combinations, Start Time, TV Schedule

Game one.

7:30p ET, Joe Louis Arena

Detroit, MI

TV: Fox Sports Detroit, RSN, TVA

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After a summer full of big moves, exciting events, and a memorable preseason, it's finally here. Opening night at the Joe Louis Arena agains Mike Babcock, and his Toronto Maple Leafs.

Mike, your hockey team... WOOF!

Tonight is a memorable night not only for Red Wings fans, but for players like rookie Dylan Larkin who will play in his first career NHL game, not to mention guys like Teemu Pulkkinen, and Landon Ferraro who will play in their first NHL season openers. I guess you could say it's a big night for Jeff Blashill, too. You know, seeing that it's his first game as a head coach in the NHL. There's a lot to be excited about, folks. The Maple Leafs opened their season on Wednesday but dropped a 3-1 decision against the Montreal Canadiens. Even though they were outscored, the Leafs managed to control possession and look like a team who are taking steps to changing their ways.

After defeating the Leafs twice in exhibition this year, the Wings look to make a big impression, and start the season strong on a back-to-back weekend stint. Jimmy Howard is in net, Dylan Larkin is on the first line, and the Red Wings are back to being the most relevant professional sports team in the city of Detroit again. Let's do this.

The Expected Lineup


Justin Abdelkader Henrik Zetterberg Dylan Larkin
Tomas Tatar Brad Richards Gustav Nyquist
Johan Franzen Riley Sheahan Teemu Pulkkinen
Drew Miller Luke Glendening Landon Ferraro


Niklas Kronwall Jonathan Ericsson
Kyle Quincey Mike Green
Brendan Smith Jakub Kindl


Jimmy Howard (starting)
Petr Mrazek

The Expected Maple Leafs Lineup


James van Riemsdyk Nazem Kadri Brad Boyes
Shawn Mathias Tyler Bozak Joffrey Lupul
Leo Komarov Peter Holland Mark Arcobello
Daniel Winnik Nick Spaling P.A. Parenteau


Matt Hunwick Dion Phaneuf
Martin Marincin Morgan Rielly
Jake Gardiner Scott Harrington


Jonathan Bernier (starting)
James Reimer


Game Day Prediction Contest

Would you like to predict the outcome of the game and potentially become internet famous? Well you're in luck, because here's your opportunity. Here's how it works.

Make your game predictions on the winning team, final score, and who the Wings player of the game will be. Enter the required information into the form below using the formats indicated in the questions. If you don't use those formats, your answers will be disregarded. All submissions are timestamped and will be accepted only until the official game start time. All other submissions after that will be disregarded. Only one submission per person, please. POTG will be determined by the collective of WiiM writers.

Each correct winning team prediction is worth 1 point. Each correct player of the game prediction is worth 2 points. Each correct final score prediction is worth 5 points. If you get all three correct you'll receive 15 points.

Let's Go Red Wings!