Detroit Red Wings face juggernaut Maple Leafs: Here’s what to watch – Detroit Free Press
Detroit Red Wings (12-12-4, 28 points) vs. Toronto Maple Leafs (20-8-0, 40 points)
When: 7 p.m. tonight.
Where: Scotiabank Arena, Toronto.
TV: Fox Sports Detroit.
Radio: 97.1 FM (Red Wings radio affiliates).
Leafs rake: The teams met mid-October, back when the Wings were struggling to beat anybody. It’s been a rough go of late, again, for the Wings with two victories the past seven games (2-3-2). The Leafs, on the other hand, have nine victories over their past 11 games, and are on a five-game winning streak that has seen them outscoring opponents, 24-11.
Sizing up the opponent: The Leafs average 3.64 goals per game and allow an average of 2.61. Their power play (28.2 percent) ranks third in the NHL and their penalty kill (79.7 percent) ranks 15th. Mitchell Marner leads the team with 33 assists and 39 points, and John Tavares has 17 goals. Auston Matthews has 15 goals and 23 points. Morgan Rielly has a team-high 12 power-play points and Matthews a team-high six power-play goals.
Winged wheel watch: The Wings are carrying the bare minimum with 12 healthy forwards and six healthy defensemen. Thursday’s practice had Dylan Larkin with Gustav Nyquist and Justin Abdelkader, Frans Nielsen with Andreas Athanasiou and Thomas Vanek, Jacob de la Rose with Luke Glendening and Michael Rasmussen and Wade Megan with Martin Frk and Christoffer Ehn. On defense, it was Dennis Cholowski-Mike Green, Niklas Kronwall-Nick Jensen, Jonathan Ericsson-Luke Witkowski. … Defensemen Danny DeKeyser (hand) and Trevor Daley (lower body) and forwards Tyler Bertuzzi (suspension) and Darren Helm (shoulder) are out.