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The Maple Leafs are sending out the Marlies squad tonight, but some of them are still in contention to make the big club.

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The Final Preseason Game

Maple Leafs at Red Wings

Time: 7:00 p.m. EDT

Watch: Sportsnet

Our game preview with lines is here.

Mike Babcock and Kyle Dubas are getting a final look tonight at the group of players that will mostly form this season’s Toronto Marlies. I’m pretty sure Babcock wants a win regardless given it’s the Red Wings.

There’s still a possibility a standout performance tonight could move a player up to the Maple Leafs to start the season. This is a critical game for these players. They have to show every skill and method to contribute they have in their arsenal. The regular season officially starts on Tuesday night when all teams have to be formally roster and cap compliant.

Our heroes face a difficult task, but the power of the Crystals is behind them!

Birthed from womb of Ricoh’s maw
And borne unto the stars
By light and darkness cast aloft
Are dreamtide oaths resworn
Toronto is swathed in ever-light
Ne’er again to know eclipse
Stanley Cup, with hallow’d bounty reconciled

GO LEAFS GO!