Jan 1, 2014; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Toronto Maple Leafs right wing Phil Kessel (81) carries the puck past Detroit Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall (55) in the first period during the 2014 Winter Classic hockey game at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Fifteen Games Left | Detroit Red Wings Vs Toronto Maple Leafs Game Preview

The Detroit Red Wings are back in Joe Louis Arena against the Toronto Maple Leafs, tonight at 7:30 p.m. EDT.

The Red Wings are coming off of a bad loss to the Blackhawks and have only won two of their last seven games. That is not the record of a team that will make the playoffs and the Wings have a rough road ahead of them.

The Maple Leafs are 3-2-0 in their past five games and are looking to pull ahead of Detroit even further with a win, tonight.

Projected Line-up


Johan Franzen – David Legwand – Daniel Alfredsson

Gustav Nyquist – Riley Sheahan – Tomas Tatar

Brendan Smith – Luke Glendening – Todd Bertuzzi

Drew Miller – Cory Emmerton – Landon Ferrero


Niklas Kronwall – Jonathan Ericsson

Kyle Quincey – Danny DeKeyser

Jakub Kindl Brian Lashoff


Jimmy Howard

  • The Red Wings have a 334-335-93 overall record against the Maple Leafs and sport a solid winning percentage of 57.9% at home in Detroit.
  • Since 2010, the Red Wings are 1-2-1 against the Maple Leafs and will be the first of two meetings against the Maple Leafs this month.
  • The Red Wings lost to the Maple Leafs in the Winter Classic and will be looking to avenge that loss, tonight.
  • Justin Abdelkader might not be able to play against the Maple Leafs and Brendan Smith is taking his spot on offense.
  • Landon Ferrero has been called up to the NHL.
  • Todd Bertuzzi could be out again and Landon Ferraro would play in his place if he cannot go again.
  • Jonathan Ericsson and Niklas Kronwall need to be better defensively for Detroit, they have turned the puck over too many times in their own zone.

Prediction: The Detroit Red Wings vs Toronto Maple Leafs is a big game and the Wings need these two points. 2-1 Red Wings victory.

[UPDATES] Brendan Smith is playing forward for the Wings and is replacing Jordin Tootoo, who has been sent down to Grand Rapids, in the line-up.

Teemu Pulkkinen is a healthy scratch, tonight.

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