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Toronto forward Marleau expected to face Detroit in 1,500th NHL game

by Dave McCarthy / Staff Writer

RED WINGS (4-2-0) at MAPLE LEAFS (5-1-0)

7:30 p.m. ET; SN1, SN360, TVA Sports, FS-D+, NHL.TV 


The Game

Forward Patrick Marleau is expected to play in his 1,500th NHL game when the Toronto Maple Leafs face the Detroit Red Wings at Air Canada Centre.

Marleau, who has appeared in 630 consecutive games since April 7, 2009, would become the 18th player to reach the milestone. 

The Red Wings' two-game winning streak ended with a 3-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday. Detroit can match its 6-2-0 start last season with wins against the Maple Leafs and Washington Capitals on Friday.


Players to watch

Red Wings defenseman Mike Green has nine points (goal, eight assists) in six games. He is tied for second in scoring among defensemen with Will Butcher (0-9-9) of the New Jersey Devils, one point behind Shayne Gostisbehere of the Philadelphia Flyers (1-9-10).

Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews had one shot in 17:37 against the Capitals and was held without a point, ending his five-game point streak. His eight points (five goals, three assists) lead Toronto.


They said it

"He works hard at his game. He went home, he's a great skater, he's 30 something years old (32) and he had a skating instructor all summer. That's the type of commitment it takes to be an elite athlete and he's got that type of care level." -- Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill on Mike Green

"Not really no. At that time, you are just trying to get a foothold in the game, playing for a club and in the NHL. You're not really thinking about much more than that." -- Maple Leafs forward Patrick Marleau on if he ever envisioned playing 1,500 games when he entered the League with the San Jose Sharks in 1997


Red Wings projected lineup

Anthony Mantha -- Henrik Zetterberg -- Gustav Nyquist

Tomas Tatar -- Dylan Larkin -- Justin Abdelkader

Martin Frk -- Frans Nielsen -- Darren Helm

Luke Glendening -- Riley Sheahan -- Luke Witkowski

Niklas Kronwall -- Mike Green

Jonathan Ericsson -- Trevor Daley

Xavier Ouellet -- Nick Jensen

Jimmy Howard

Petr Mrazek

Scratched: David Booth

Injured: Danny DeKeyser (lower body)


Maple Leafs projected lineup

Zach Hyman -- Auston Matthews -- William Nylander

James van Riemsdyk -- Tyler Bozak -- Connor Brown

Patrick Marleau -- Nazem Kadri -- Leo Komarov

Matt Martin -- Eric Fehr -- Mitchell Marner

Morgan Rielly -- Ron Hainsey

Jake Gardiner -- Nikita Zaitsev

Andreas Borgman -- Connor Carrick

Curtis McElhinney

Frederik Andersen

Scratched: Dominic Moore, Josh Leivo, Calle Rosen

Injured: None


Status report

DeKeyser skated with the Red Wings for the first time since he was injured during a 4-2 loss to the Dallas Stars on Oct. 10. Blashill did not commit to a timeframe on his return.


Stat pack

Howard is 3-1-0 with a 1.97 goals-against average and .942 save percentage in four appearances. … The Maple Leafs are first in goals per game with 4.67, ahead of the Flyers (4.33).

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