Maple Leafs Look To Get Offense Back On Track In Motor City

Published December 15, 2017 at 4:38 PM

"Toronto Maple Leafs 41 pts (20-12-1)


Detroit Red Wings 29 pts (11-13-7)

7 p.m. ET

Little Caesars Arena – Detroit, MI


Radio: Sportsnet 590 AM

Season Series/Schedule

Date Game GWG

10/18 DET 3 @ TOR 6 Connor Brown

12/15 TOR @ DET

2/18 TOR @ DET

3/24 DET @ TOR

Team Leaders

Maple Leafs Red Wings

Auston Matthews, 26 Points Dylan Larkin, 24

James van Riemsdyk, 15 Goals Anthony Mantha, 12

Mitch Marner, 18 Assists Dylan Larkin, 19

The Toronto Maple Leafs are right back on the ice after a 2-0 defeat at the Minnesota Wild last night as they make their first visit to the Little Caesars Arena in Detroit.

The Leafs beat up on the Red Wings 6-3 back in mid-October with goals from Zach Hyman, William Nylander, Auston Matthews, Nazem Kadri, Morgan Rielly and Connor Brown. Curtis McElhinney made 30 saves in the victory.

McElhinney is expected to start again tonight with Frederik Andersen playing in St. Paul last night. McElhinney was fantastic in his last outing with a 41 save shutout of the Edmonton Oilers last Sunday.

Goaltending has not been the issue for the Maple Leafs of late. They were shutout for the first time all season last night and have scored two or fewer goals in five of their last six games. The Leafs offense could get a boost tonight facing the Red Wings, who have given up 3.25 goals per game, the sixth most in the NHL.

Probable Maple Leafs Lineup


Zach Hyman - Patrick Marleau - William Nylander

Leo Komarov - Nazem Kadri - Connor Brown

James van Riemsdyk - Tyler Bozak - Mitch Marner

Matt Martin - Dominic Moore - Josh Leivo


Morgan Rielly - Ron Hainsey

Jake Gardiner - Nikita Zaitsev

Andreas Borgman - Roman Polak


Curtis McElhinney (3-2-0, 2.44 GAA, .925 save %, 1 SO)


LW-Joffrey Lupul (sports hernia) out, RW-Nikita Soshnikov (lower-body) out, C-Auston Matthews (upper-body) out

Probable Red Wings Lineup


Gustav Nyquist - Henrik Zetterberg - Justin Abdelkader

Tomas Tatar - Dylan Larkin - Anthony Mantha

Darren Helm - Frans Nielsen - Luke Glendening

Luke Witkowski - Andreas Athanasiou - Martin Frk


Danny Dekeyser - Mike Green

Jonathan Ericsson - Trevor Daley

Niklas Kronwall - Nick Jensen


Jimmy Howard (9-9-6, 2.91 GAA, .906 save %, 0 SO)


Johan Franzen (concussion) out

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