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Red Wings without Kronwall against Maple Leafs

Defenseman will reportedly miss 1-3 weeks with slight knee sprain

by Paul Harris / Correspondent

MAPLE LEAFS (22-34-11) at RED WINGS (34-23-11)

TV: 7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN

DETROIT -- The Detroit Red Wings will continue their push for the Stanley Cup Playoffs without defenseman Niklas Kronwall when they face the Toronto Maple Leafs on Sunday at Joe Louis Arena.

Kronwall is expected to miss 1-3 weeks, general manager Ken Holland told, after he sustained a slight knee sprain in the middle of the second period Saturday. He was helped off the ice by teammates after the injury and had a MRI after the game.

Kronwall, 35, missed 15 games in January and February after having arthroscopic knee surgery.

Each team will be playing the second of back-to-back games. Detroit rallied from trailing with less than five minutes left for a 3-2 overtime win against the New York Rangers on Saturday at Joe Louis Arena. Toronto lost 4-0 on the road against the Ottawa Senators.

Neither team skated nor held a media availability Sunday morning.

Detroit, which has 79 points and holds one of the two wild cards into the playoffs from the Eastern Conference, has come from behind to win its past two games. The Red Wings trailed the Winnipeg Jets 2-0 in the second period Thursday before rallying for a 3-2 regulation win.

"Obviously you don't want to have to come from behind," Detroit coach Jeff Blashill said after the game Saturday. "You don't want to have to do it that way, but I do believe a lot in process and that results follow, and not always in the short term of a singular game. But if we play like that on a consistent basis, like we have the last two in terms of our determination and our energy, we'll beat lots of teams."

Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock returns to Joe Louis Arena for the first time since the opening night of the season. The former coach of the Red Wings wants to see a better effort than he got against the Senators.

"I didn't think we were competitive enough," Babcock told the Canadian Press after the game. "I thought they were ready to go in the first period and obviously the first two shifts of the second and third, we gave up goals."

Toronto is 1-6-1 in its past eight games.

These are the projected lineups:

Nikita Soshnikov - Nazem Kadri - Leo Komarov
PA Parenteau - William Nylander - Zach Hyman
Colin Greening - Brooks Laich - Peter Holland
Milan Michalek - Ben Smith - Michael Grabner

Morgan Rielly - Martin Marincin
Jake Gardiner - Connor Carrick
Rinat Valiev - Frank Corrado

Garret Sparks
Jonathan Bernier

Injured: Stephane Robidas (lower body), James van Riemsdyk (broken foot), Joffrey Lupul (sports hernia surgery), Bryon Froese (lower body), Matt Hunwick (lower body)
Scratched: Brad Boyes, Viktor Loov

Justin Abdelkader - Henrik Zetterberg - Dylan Larkin
Tomas Tatar - Pavel Datsyuk - Andreas Athanasiou
Gustav Nyquist - Riley Sheahan - Teemu Pulkkinen
Darren Helm - Luke Glendening - Brad Richards

Danny DeKeyser - Kyle Quincey
Alexey Marchenko - Jonathan Ericsson
Brendan Smith - Mike Green

Jimmy Howard
Petr Mrazek

Injured: Niklas Kronwall (knee), Drew Miller (knee), Johan Franzen (concussion).
Scratched: Tomas Jurco

Status update: Marchenko, who had been a healthy scratch, replaces Kronwall.

Who's hot: Hyman has two goals in his past three games. … Helm has two goals, an assist and 12 shots on goal in his past two games.

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