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First-place Wings face Leafs in border battle

by Staff Writer / Detroit Red Wings

(Photo by Dan Mannes/Detroit Red Wings)

The Maple Leafs visit Hockeytown twice this year, but tonight's trip doesn't exactly come at an optimal time for Toronto, as they'll face a Red Wings team that's scorching right now. Detroit has won three in a row and seven of its past eight to move into first place in the Atlantic Division; the Red Wings and Tampa Bay Lightning each have 39 points but Detroit has a game in hand.

"All in all, I think we're off to a pretty good start," defenseman Niklas Kronwall said. "But at the same time, I still think there's some work to be done. I still think that we can play even more solid over the course of 60 minutes."

Detroit has had a two-day break after defeating the Carolina Hurricanes 3-1 on Sunday, so they should be fresh and rested against a Maple Leafs team that played last night.

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You can watch today's 8:00 PM matchup on NBC-SN, or listen in with Ken Kal and Paul Woods on 97.1 The Ticket.

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