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Leafs vs. Red Wings Primer

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs

The Maple Leafs preseason continues with a game tonight in the Motor City as they play the first of two straight against the Detroit Red Wings.

Detroit has played five preseason games thus far and have a record of 2-3-0. This will be the first of three straight games for them.

Mike Ulmer was at practice on Thursday and says that with the injury to Nazem Kadri, the door is open for Matt Frattin to open the season with the big club on October 6th. Read more.

Leafs centre Tim Connolly continues to recover from an upper body injury and will not play in either game this weekend. He expects to be ready for the first game next Thursday.

After practice on Thursday, head coach Ron Wilson told the media that Jonas Gustavsson will play the full game tonight and James Reimer will start and play the entire 60 minutes on Saturday.

Where to watch:

TV: Leafs TV has the pre-game show at 7 p.m. with puck drop at 7:30 p.m.
Online: You can catch the game on Leafs TV Interactive by purchasing the Early Bird Special which includes the final two preseason games and 51 regular season games for $39.99
Radio: Dan Dunleavy and Jim Ralph will have the call on AM640

There will also be a LIVE chat with's Matt Iaboni during tonight's game starting at 7:30 p.m.

Here is how the Leafs lined up during the morning skate on Friday:


Clarke MacArthurMikhail GrabovskiNikolai Kulemin
Joffrey Lupul - Philippe Dupuis - Phil Kessel
Matt Frattin - Darryl Boyce - Colby Armstrong
Mike Brown - Mike Zigomanis - Colton Orr

Keith Aulie - Luke Schenn
Jake Gardiner - Mike Komisarek
Carl Gunnarsson - Cody Franson

Goalies: Jonas Gustavsson, Ben Scrivens

Detroit is dealing with a few injuries as well. Mike Commodore (lower body) and Daniel Cleary (upper body) will not play this weekend while centre Pavel Datsyuk will miss tonight’s game but he is expected to play Saturday in Toronto.

Here is the Red Wings expected lineup courtesy of

Justin Abdelkader – Darren Helm – Todd Bertuzzi
Valtteri Filppula – Henrik Zetterberg – Johan Franzen
Gustav Nyquist – Cory Emmerton – Tomas Holmstrom
Chris Conner – Joakim Andersson – Landon Ferraro

Nicklas Lidstrom – Ian White
Niklas Kronwall – Brad Stuart/Brian Lashoff
Garnet Exelby – Doug Janik

Jimmy Howard
Jordan Pearce

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