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Top line looks to stay hot for Detroit; Toronto out to end three-game losing streak

by Dave Hogg / Independent Correspondent

MAPLE LEAFS (2-2-1) at RED WINGS (3-1-0)

7 p.m. ET; FS-D, CBC, NHL.TV


The Game

The Toronto Maple Leafs will try to end a three-game losing streak when they visit the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena on Saturday.

The Maple Leafs have been outscored 16-10 in their past three games (0-2-1) including a 7-3 home loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday. 

The Red Wings' top line of Anthony Mantha, Tyler Bertuzzi and Dylan Larkin will look to stay hot; they have 20 points (10 goals, 10 assists) in four games this season.


Players to watch

Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews has seven points (six goals, one assist) in five games. He and Mantha are tied for second in the League in goals trailing James Neal of the Edmonton Oilers, who has seven.

Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser has four assists in four games this season.


They said it

"They've got a lot of speed on that line and they've also got a lot of grit, so they can handle about every situation offensively and defensively. They will try to get in front of our net and try to get a bounce, but they can all shoot as well, so we have to stay focused when they are out there." -- Maple Leafs forward Mitchell Marner on facing Detroit's top line

"Discipline is going to huge tonight. I watched the replay of the first period of Toronto and Tampa Bay, and I don't want to face either one of those power plays. You can't put Toronto out there over and over, because they will eventually get into the zone and score." -- Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill on Toronto's power play. 


Maple Leafs projected lineup

Kasperi Kapanen -- John Tavares -- Mitchell Marner

Andreas Johnsson -- Auston Matthews -- William Nylander

Ilya Mikheyev -- Alexander Kerfoot -- Trevor Moore

Nicholas Shore -- Dmytro Timashov -- Frederik Gauthier

Morgan Rielly -- Cody Ceci

Jake Muzzin -- Tyson Barrie

Rasmus Sandin -- Justin Holl

Frederik Andersen

Michael Hutchinson

Scratched: Martin Marincin, Nic Petan, Jason Spezza

Injured: Zach Hyman (ACL), Travis Dermott (shoulder)


Red Wings projected lineup

Tyler Bertuzzi -- Dylan Larkin -- Anthony Mantha

Luke Glendening -- Andreas Athanasiou -- Taro Hirose

Darren Helm -- Jacob de la Rose -- Justin Abdelkader

Adam Erne -- Valtteri Filppula -- Christoffer Ehn

Patrik Nemeth -- Mike Green

Danny DeKeyser -- Filip Hronek

Madison Bowey -- Dennis Cholowski

Jimmy Howard

Jonathan Bernier

Scratched: Evgeny Svechnikov, Alex Biega

Injured: Jonathan Ericsson (undisclosed), Frans Nielsen (head), Trevor Daley (lower body)


Status report 

Hronek (upper body) missed practice on Friday and didn't take part in an optional skate on Saturday and Blashill said he will be a game-time decision. Biega would make his Red Wings debut if Hronek doesn't play.


Stat pack

Nylander has five points (two goals, three assists) in a five-game point streak to start the season. … Mike Babcock (Maple Leafs) will coach his 1,284th NHL game, one behind Darryl Sutter for 13th place on the all-time list. Babcock was 458-223-105 in 786 games as coach of the Red Wings from 2005-15.

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