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Detroit 2-2-0 following 0-10-2 skid; Hutchinson seeks first win of season with Toronto

by Dave McCarthy / Independent Correspondent

RED WINGS (9-24-3) at MAPLE LEAFS (18-14-4)

7 p.m. ET; CBC, SN360 SNO, FS-D, ESPN+, NHL.TV  


The Game

Michael Hutchinson will start for the Toronto Maple Leafs when they face the Detroit Red Wings in the second of back-to-back games at Scotiabank Arena on Saturday.

Hutchinson, who is 0-5-1 with a 4.55 goals-against average and a .876 save percentage, is making his first start since allowing five goals in a 6-4 loss to the Buffalo Sabres on Nov. 29. Frederik Andersen started Toronto's past nine games, including a 6-3 win against the New York Rangers on Friday.

The Maple Leafs, who will try for their fourth straight win, are 5-1-0 in their past six.

Jonathan Bernier, who allowed four goals on 38 shots in 5-3 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday, could start for the Red Wings. Detroit is 2-2-0 after going 0-10-2 in their prior 12 games, which included 10 straight regulation losses.


Players to watch

Red Wings forward Tyler Bertuzzi has three points (two goals, one assist) during a three-game point streak.

Maple Leafs forward Mitchell Marner has 10 points (four goals, six assists) during a six-game point streak.


They said it

"We just have to play good hockey regardless. When we're on back-to-backs, you've just got to play the hockey game, same thing if another team is on a back-to-back, you have to go out and play good hockey. Regardless of who we're playing or what their schedule was, we have to play good hockey for 60 minutes ourselves." -- Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill

"He has the puck a lot in the offensive zone, and guys come to try to get it away from him, and he's evading the check, he's hanging on to the puck, he's really difficult to knock off the puck. That's when I really see his game kind of rounding out, and a lot of it's just because of how he protects the puck. When it's not going well for him, those pucks go off his stick too quickly." -- Maple Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe on forward William Nylander, who has four points (two goals, two assists) in his past two games


Red Wings projected lineup

Anthony Mantha -- Dylan Larkin -- Filip Zadina

Robby Fabbri -- Valtteri Filppula -- Tyler Bertuzzi

Darren Helm -- Luke Glendening -- Andreas Athanasiou

Adam Erne -- Frans Nielsen -- Brendan Perlini

Patrik Nemeth -- Mike Green

Trevor Daley -- Filip Hronek

Brian Lashoff -- Madison Bowey

Jonathan Bernier

Calvin Pickard

Scratched: Alex Biega, Justin Abdelkader, Christoffer Ehn

Injured: Danny DeKeyser (back), Jimmy Howard (groin), Jonathan Ericsson (face)


Maple Leafs projected lineup 

Kasperi Kapanen -- Auston Matthews -- William Nylander

Zach Hyman -- John Tavares -- Mitchell Marner

Pierre Engvall -- Alexander Kerfoot -- Ilya Mikheyev

Trevor Moore -- Frederik Gauthier -- Jason Spezza

Morgan Rielly -- Tyson Barrie

Jake Muzzin -- Justin Holl

Travis Dermott -- Cody Ceci

Michael Hutchinson

Frederik Andersen

Scratched: Dmytro Timashov, Timothy Liljegren, Martin Marincin

Injured: Andreas Johnsson (leg)


Status report

Howard concluded a two-game conditioning stint with Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League and likely will start against the Arizona Coyotes on Sunday. … The Maple Leafs did not hold a morning skate. ... Moore returns after being out since Nov. 15 with a shoulder injury.


Stat pack

Hronek has five points (one goal, four assists) in his past four games. … Mikheyev has scored in three-straight games and has four points (three goals, one assist) during a three-game point streak.

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