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Keefe seeks third straight win as Toronto coach; Detroit goes for first victory in seven games

by Dave Hogg / Independent Correspondent

MAPLE LEAFS (11-10-4) at RED WINGS (7-16-3)

7 p.m. ET; FS-D, SNE, SNO, SN1, NHL.TV


The Game

Sheldon Keefe will try to become the first Toronto Maple Leafs coach to win his first three games since 1998 when they play the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena on Wednesday.

Pat Quinn won his first three games as coach of the Maple Leafs in 1998-99, which none of the next five Toronto coaches matched. 

Toronto has won Keefe's first two games after going 0-5-1 in their previous six games prior to Keefe replacing Mike Babcock as coach on Nov. 20. 
Jonathan Bernier is expected to start for the Red Wings, who are winless in six games (0-4-2) and have won three of their past 13 games (3-8-2). 


Players to watch

Maple Leafs defenseman Tyson Barrie has five points (two goals, three assists) in a four-game point streak.

Red Wings forward Robby Fabbri, who is playing on the top line with forward Anthony Mantha out with a lower-body injury, has eight points (three goals, five assists) in nine games with Detroit.


They said it

"We've only played two games since the (coaching) change, and I don't think you can completely install a new system in two games. It's going to take a little longer, but we've already added some good things and we're always talking about what we can do better. I know [Keefe] has a long list of ideas." -- Maple Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly

"He's a shooter comparable to Anthony (Mantha), so hopefully he can fill a similar role on our power play. That's not to say we expect him to do everything Anthony has done, but we think that's the best spot to give him a chance to succeed." -- Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill on rookie Filip Zadina replacing injured Anthony Mantha


Maple Leafs projected lineup

Andreas Johnsson -- Auston Matthews -- William Nylander

Ilya Mikheyev -- John Tavares -- Zach Hyman

Nic Petan -- Jason Spezza -- Kasperi Kapanen

Pierre Engvall -- Frederik Gauthier -- Nicholas Shore

Morgan Rielly -- Cody Ceci

Jake Muzzin -- Justin Holl

Travis Dermott -- Tyson Barrie

Frederik Andersen

Kasimir Kaskisuo

Scratched: Martin Marincin, Dmytro Timashov

Injured: Mitchell Marner (ankle), Trevor Moore (shoulder)

Suspended: Alexander Kerfoot


Red Wings projected lineup

Tyler Bertuzzi -- Dylan Larkin -- Robby Fabbri

Filip Zadina -- Valtteri Filppula -- Andreas Athanasiou

Brendan Perlini -- Frans Nielsen -- Taro Hirose

Darren Helm -- Luke Glendening -- Adam Erne

Patrik Nemeth -- Filip Hronek

Madison Bowey -- Jonathan Ericsson

Dylan McIlrath -- Dennis Cholowski

Jonathan Bernier

Jimmy Howard

Scratched: Justin Abdelkader, Alex Biega

Injured: Danny DeKeyser (lower body), Trevor Daley (lower body), Mike Green (upper body), Anthony Mantha (lower body)


Status report

Petan will replace Kerfoot on Toronto's third line. … Green participated in an optional skate Wednesday but won't play. 


Stat pack

Tavares has 32 points (nine goals, 23 assists) in 23 games against Detroit. … The Red Wings are 19-8-2 with one tie at home on Thanksgiving Eve since they began regularly scheduling such games in 1980.

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