GAME DAY: Red Wings at Maple Leafs

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GAME INFORMATION

Red Wings 4-2-1, 3rd in the Atlantic Division

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at Maple Leafs, 3-4-1, fifth in the Atlantic.

Tonight, 7pm, Scotiabank Arena

TV: Sportsnet, Radio: FAN 590

Headline: Hockeytown back on the map

After three years of first-round eliminations, after the last five without a playoff spot, luck could be turning in Detroit. A good start, in which they won a few tight games, gave coach Jeff Blashill some optimism and kept the heat up after general manager Steve Yzerman bucked public sentiment to go in another direction and keep Blashill for another year. .

Dylan Larkin’s play, whom he had as the winner of overtime earlier this week against Washington, fits that trend, just as young Wings is the best shot-blocking team in the division ahead of Friday’s home game. against Florida.

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Point leaders

Toronto

GP GAP

William Nylander 8 3 3 6 -1

John Tavares 8 2 2 4-3

Michael Bunting 8 2 2 4 -1

Detroit

Tyler Bertuzzi 6 6 3 9 +8

Dylan Larkin 6 3 5 8 +6

Lucas Raymond 7 4 4 8 +5

Three things about the Red Wings

1. The Leafs will face the league’s two highest-scoring rookies in Raymond and Germany’s Moritz Seider, the latter tied with Anaheim’s Jamie Drysdale for the first-year lead in ice time per game (21:51).

2. Toronto will be saved from following Wings leader Bertuzzi, whose refusal to get vaccinated leaves him unable to play games in Canada for the second time this year.

3. Initial plans were for Detroit to use Alex Nedeljkovic at the net on Friday in a non-divisional game against the Panthers, which likely means Thomas Greiss against Toronto. Petr Mrazek is back in the Toronto network after a two-week break with a groin injury to face his draft team.

SPECIAL TEAMS

Power play

Toronto 12.0% (26th)

Detroit 14.8% (23)

Death penalty

Toronto 85.2% (10th)

Detroit 72.4% (27)

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Reference-torontosun.com

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