Detroit Red Wings at Toronto Maple Leafs: Game #65
Time: 7:30 PM Eastern Time
Location: Air Canada Centre
Opponent SBNation Site: Winging it in Motown
El Seldo put his back out and I inherited the preview at the last minute. Therefore, it’s going to be Just the Numbers today. In general though, the Red Wings are bad. Here are a few words from the Winging it in Motown preview about the state of the team:
Detroit continues to reinforce the true sign of a bad team: “good effort” loses. There was buzz after the Calgary overtime loss, suggesting the Wings showed resolve scoring with 2 seconds left to gain a point before suffering swift defeat. I even heard murmurs of “this team isn’t quitting” before Jordan Eberle’s back breaking goal in Edmonton Saturday night. To me, it is what it is: a bad team being not quite good enough to finish games. That’s perfectly fine with me, I’d like to inch up high in the draft as possible.
How are the Leafs currently doing? The team sits one point outside of that coveted wild card slot, and they’ve gone 0-2-3 in their last five. Fulemin has already neatly covered both sides of the “will the Leafs make the playoffs” issue, ending with a sound MAYBE. In the words of JRR Tolkien, “Ask not the elves for advice, because they will tell you both 'yes' and 'no'.”
Generated by Loserpoints of Raw Charge:
The Leafs and the Red Wings hang out awkwardly near each other in goals allowed, with the Leafs 23rd overall at 185, and the Wings 25th overall at 187. Unlike the Wings, the Leafs are outscoring their mistakes at 193 goals for. It's nice to have young forwards, and the Red Wings only have one, Auston Matthews' old Team North America teammate, Dylan Larkin.
Toronto is #1 in power play percentage at 22.9%, while Detroit is 30th, at 12.9%. Leafs are looking pretty good on the PK% too, at 9th in the League (83.3%), but the Red Wings don't look quite as horrific at the PK, 14th overall at 81.3%. I guess even if your players are too old to be swift, they can still stand between the puck and the net.
Who’s going to win? I’m going to call it a Leafs victory, 2-1 over a struggling Detroit offense.
Toronto Maple Leafs
Zach Hyman - Auston Matthews - Connor Brown
Leo Komarov - Nazem Kadri - William Nylander
James van Riemsdyk - Tyler Bozak - Mitch Marner
Matt Martin - Brian Boyle - Nikita Soshnikov
Morgan Rielly - Nikita Zaitsev
Jake Gardiner - Alexey Marchenko
Matt Hunwick - Roman Polak
Detroit Red Wings
Gustav Nyquist - Henrik Zetterberg - Thomas Tatar
Andreas Athanasiou - Frans Nielsen - Anthony Mantha
Justin Abdelkader - Darrne Helm- Dylan Larkin
Drew Miller - Luke Glendening - Riley Sheahan
Dan DeKeyser - Mike Green
Niklas Kronwall - Xavier Ouellet
Robbie Russo - Nick Jensen
Some lineup updates gleaned from various Twitter people. Mrazek is in net for the Red Wings, Gustav Nyqvist, who has been ill, will play.