Here we go, the final game of the pre-season. Once this is wrapped we won't be seeing the Leafs on the ice until Wednesday night to open the season against the Canadiens.
Last night the Red Wings beat the Maple Leafs 4-2 and it was the Leafs fourth straight pre-season loss after starting it with three straight wins. Tonight we should be seeing the most likely final line up. Connor Brown and William Nylander will be scratched again. Are their spots guaranteed in the line up already? Are the Leafs having others continue to try out? Or are those two Marlies for sure and they are just being given the chance to practice with the big club a few more times before going down to the Ricoh? Okay after I wrote this Jonas Siegel from TSN asked Babcock (I tried but apparently MLSE reception doesn't answer phones on the weekend) and he said "I want to look at the other guys.We better know what we have before we get in a hurry to do something and then we find out later it was wrong." So they're making the Leafs or........?
Detroit Red Wings at Toronto Maple Leafs
7:00PM - Air Canada Centre
TV: SportsnetOne, NHLNetwork-US
Radio: TSN1050AM, 97.1 The Ticket
SBN: Winging It In Motown
What can one more pre-season game give us to learn? Well, not a heck of a lot, the pre-season is already ripe with small sample sizes and what can we really learn from one game?
Nothing, we can only be disappointed. Now, I'm not saying don't watch this game. I"m not saying don't read anything into it. All I"m saying is don't watch this game and don't read anything into it.
Here are your line ups!
Maple Leafs? (via @HennyTweets)
James van Reimsdyk - Nazem Kadri - Joffery Lupul
Shawn Mathias - Peter Holland - Michael Grabner
Leo Komarov - Mark Arcobello - Brady Boyes
Dick Panik - Nick Spaling - P.A. Parenteau
Jake Gardiner - Morgan Rielly
Scott Harrington - Matt Hunwick
Martin Marincin - Roman Polak
Tomas Jurco - Andy Miele - Teemu Pulkkinen
Anthony Mantha - Tomas Nosek - Luke Glendening
Tyler Bertuzzi - Andreas Athanasiou - Mitch Callahan
Dan Cleary - Joakim Andersson - Landon Ferraro
Kyle Quincey - Nick Jensen
Xavier Ouellet - Ryan Sproul
Brian Lashoff - Robbie Russo
What's the buzz on the ground?
Also, Babcock said Leafs were playing vets in preseason more than usual, b/c "we don't know who they are yet" Change is a comin.— Steve Zed (@pixnpucks) October 3, 2015
Enjoy the game. Or whatever else you're doing. Go Leafs Go!