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LGD: Wheeling Against The Wings

It’s Game Day!

The Leafs (3-1-0) are back in action tonight after back-to-back seven goal wins. Their opponents are the 0-1-2 Detroit Red Wings, still looking for their first W of the season.

Tonight’s game is the third of four straight on the road for the Leafs, and they’ll be looking to stay undefeated during this little stint away from Scotiabank Arena. One would think their odds look pretty good against a bottom-feeding Red Wings squad, wouldn’t you say?

Leafs Lines

LW C RW Forwards
Patrick Marleau
PATRICK MARLEAU

Rating: 75.1#35 LW

Auston Matthews
AUSTON MATTHEWS

Rating: 85.1#4 C

Kasperi Kapanen
KASPERI KAPANEN

Rating: 72.2#67 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 77.47#19 FL1
Zach Hyman
ZACH HYMAN

Rating: 72.2#69 LW

John Tavares
JOHN TAVARES

Rating: 80.8#15 C

Mitch Marner
MITCH MARNER

Rating: 77.3#30 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 76.78#4 FL2
Par Lindholm
PAR LINDHOLM

Rating: 72.4#99 LW

Nazem Kadri
NAZEM KADRI

Rating: 77.1#32 C

Connor Brown
CONNOR BROWN

Rating: 69.7#103 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 73.07#9 FL3
Josh Leivo
JOSH LEIVO

Rating: 72.0#75 LW

Frederik Gauthier
FREDERIK GAUTHIER

Rating: 69.8#154 C

Tyler Ennis
TYLER ENNIS

Rating: 70.5#91 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 70.77#14 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Morgan Rielly
MORGAN RIELLY

Rating: 77.5#7 LD

Ron Hainsey
RON HAINSEY

Rating: 72.0#58 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 74.78#19 DL1
Jake Gardiner
JAKE GARDINER

Rating: 75.9#21 LD

Nikita Zaitsev
NIKITA ZAITSEV

Rating: 71.0#76 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 73.43#15 DL2
Travis Dermott
TRAVIS DERMOTT

Rating: 74.1#33 LD

Martin Marincin
MARTIN MARINCIN

Rating: 69.6#12 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 71.83#14 DL3

Igor Ozhiganov is out and Martin Marincin is in for the Leafs tonight. Other than that, it’s still a beautiful sight to be hold to see Kasperi Kapanen on the top line with Auston Matthews. He’s deserved it, too; he’s riding a streak of 4 points in 2 games beside the explosive centerman, and will look to continue turning heads tonight.

Detroit Red Wings

LW C RW Forwards
Justin Abdelkader
JUSTIN ABDELKADER

Rating: 69.5#123 LW

Dylan Larkin
DYLAN LARKIN

Rating: 76.7#35 C

Anthony Mantha
ANTHONY MANTHA

Rating: 74.1#39 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 73.43#29 FL1
Gustav Nyquist
GUSTAV NYQUIST

Rating: 75.0#37 LW

Andreas Athanasiou
ANDREAS ATHANASIOU

Rating: 72.9#82 C

Thomas Vanek
THOMAS VANEK

Rating: 72.5#60 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 73.47#21 FL2
Tyler Bertuzzi
TYLER BERTUZZI

Rating: 73.3#50 LW

Frans Nielsen
FRANS NIELSEN

Rating: 71.5#122 C

Michael Rasmussen
MICHAEL RASMUSSEN

Rating: 72.3#65 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 72.36#16 FL3
Darren Helm
DARREN HELM

Rating: 71.0#132 LW

Christoffer Ehn
CHRISTOFFER EHN
Luke Glendening
LUKE GLENDENING

Rating: 68.6#114 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 69.80#23 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Dan DeKeyser
DAN DEKEYSER

Rating: 70.4#101 LD

Filip Hronek
FILIP HRONEK
DL1 Rating
Rating: 70.40#30 DL1
Libor Sulak
LIBOR SULAK

Rating: 72.0#61 LD

Joe Hicketts
JOE HICKETTS

Rating: 73.3#40 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 72.66#17 DL2
Niklas Kronwall
NIKLAS KRONWALL

Rating: 72.8#50 LD

Nick Jensen
NICK JENSEN

Rating: 71.2#72 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 71.98#13 DL3

Pretty amazing that the team with the league’s highest cap hit consists almost completely of fake players. At least the offense has some notable names, but jeez louise is that D-core ever horrific.

Starting Goalies

In the Leafs’ corner, it’s one beautiful focused boi:

In the Red Wings’ corner… one weird boi!

Take your pick.

Frederik Andersen comes into the game looking to improve his October-classic .892 save percentage. Jimmy Howard, meanwhile, has a .924 through two games, but no wins. Really makes you think.

Notes

  • What’s the over/under on Auston Matthews goals tonight? 2.5?
  • Is this the night Nazem Kadri finally gets going? The Leafs’ third line center has yet to register a goal this season; let’s hope he breaks that trend.
  • Your second daily reminder that the Detroit Red Wings are the most cap-crunched team in the league.

Puck Drop is at 7:30pm ET on TSN4.

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