The Detroit Red Wings look to sweep their three game home-stand as they welcome Mike Babcock and the Toronto Maple Leafs to Joe Louis Arena.
The Detroit Red Wings wrap up a three game home-stand tonight as they look to extend their winning streak to three games. The Red Wings won a thrilling game yesterday against the New York Rangers 3-2 in overtime.
The Red Wings pulled Mrazek while on the power play with two minutes left. The Rangers nearly ended the game twice, they hit the post on one attempt and just missed the net on the very next play.
In the exciting overtime the Red Wings won thanks to a shot by Pavel Datsyuk that was redirected by Darren Helm for his second goal of the game.
Henrik Ludqvist kept the Rangers in the game as the Red Wings came out with a much better effort compared to Thursday’s game against the Winnipeg Jets.
This game wasn’t without bad news though as Niklas Kronwall left the game in the second period with a knee injury after Andreas Athanasiou got tangled up with him.
Tonight, the Red Wings face the rebuilding Toronto Maple Leafs who have the worst record in the league. Former Red Wings coach Mike Babcock is in his first year with the Leafs and while I believe he will eventually win with the Leafs, they are a long way away from being competitive.
This is a game the Red Wings should win if they play the way they played yesterday. The Red Wings in fact with the exception of that first period against the Jets have played really well on this home-stand.
Jimmy Howard is my guess to be the starter tonight as this is the back end of a back to back for the Red Wings. Howard has played well lately so the Red Wings definitely have confidence in him.
Here is all the information for tonight’s game:
Toronto Maple Leafs (22-34-11) at Detroit Red Wings (34-23-11)
Joe Louis Arena – Detroit, MI
Game Time: 7:30 PM ET
TV: NBC Sports Network
Radio: 97.1 FM/1270 AM in Detroit (click here for affiliates)
Online Streaming: NHL Game Center Live, NBC Live Extra
The Red Wings have 79 points, four behind the slumping Tampa Bay Lightning for third in the Atlantic Division. The Red Wings are also in the first Wild Card spot.
The Red Wings have won both meetings this season against the Leafs. Will they win again? I think so. I’m going 4-1 Red Wings tonight. Do you guys have a prediction for today’s game? Leave a comment below or check in with us on facebook or twitter.