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From the Branches: Maple Leafs head to Detroit

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Will Howard manage to give up fewer than seven goals tonight?

Detroit Red Wings v Toronto Maple Leafs

The Maple Leafs roll into Little Caesar’s Arena tonight and if the last few games are any hint, they’ll come out with the works.

ICYMI

Toronto Maple Leafs prospect report: Ian Scott outplays himself - Pension Plan Puppets
He should have been the goalie of the week again.

Women’s Hockey Wednesday: Minnesota Whitecaps perfect in NWHL debut - Pension Plan Puppets
Minnesota were the story in the NWHL’s opening weekend. Meanwhile, the CWHL has released details about streaming and TV broadcasts.

Other Leafs news

Stars’ Jason Spezza a Tavares booster | Montreal Gazette
The hidden Toronto half of Jason Spezza wants John Tavares to do well.

Kadri embracing new role in Maple Leafs' offensive attack - Sportsnet.ca
Nazem Kadri has learned to embrace the best of both worlds in hockey. But he knows deep down that it may be harder than ever for him to strike the perfect balance between scoring goals and preventing them on this version of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Having experienced a contract impasse, Red Wings’ Andreas Athanasiou knows what William Nylander is living | Toronto Sun
Andreas Athanasiou doesn't think William Nylander will need much time to catch up once he re-signs with the Maple Leafs. Athanasiou, now in his fourth season with the Detroit Red Wings, would know.

Family reunion awaits Leafs’ Ozhiganov after road trip | Toronto Sun
DALLAS - Life is good for Igor Ozhiganov, but will be even better when he has a family reunion at the end of this Maple Leafs road trip.

Around the league

WWYDW: How many rookies should be playing on defence? – Flamesnation
A piece by PPP alum Ari!

Midweek Mailbag: Power play goals and where to buy them - Fear The Fin
More sites stealing Fulemin's bit... but the Fear the Fin commenters don't seem to ask the good stuff.

Bruins change Saturday's start time so you can all watch the Red Sox - Stanley Cup of Chowder
FYI for the baseball crowd.

Buffalo Sabres show early signs of promise - Die By The Blade
Die by the Blade theorizing ahead of the facts, I see. The Sabres might be something this year but Buffalo fans should watch the Beauts if they really want to watch good hockey.

Red Wings Practice: Lineup and injury updates have Cholowski out, Abdelkader and Nyquist switch lines - Winging It In Motown
For those that wish to spy on the opposition

They didn’t quite manage it - combined total of 48, which Auston will obviously beat.