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TORONTO MAPLE LEAVES 26-10-3 at DETROIT RED WINGS 19-19-6

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Tonight, 7 p.m., TV: CBC/Sportsnet Radio: AM 1050

WHY WATCH?

In favor of the Leafs

The Maple Leafs and Red Wings meet for the second time in four meetings this season, with Toronto winning the opener 5-4 at Scotiabank Arena on October 30. Detroit might be a little tired after playing Pittsburgh on Friday night, although the flight home would have been quick. The Wings are past their midpoint of the season, but are close to playing the ropes as they were nine points from a playoff berth heading into Friday. There’s little reason for the Leafs to lose this one.

POINT HEADS

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS

GP GA PTS +/-

Auston Matthews 36 25 18 43 +1

Guillaume Nylander 39 17 23 40 +3

John Tavares 38 16 22 38 +3

RED WINGS OF DETROIT

GP GA PTS +/-

Tyler Bertuzzi 36 20 18 38 +13

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Dylan Larkin 39 20 18 38 +4

Lucas Raymond 44 11 23 34 E

SPECIAL TEAMS

Power play – TDR: 30.6% (1st), DET: 15.2% (29th)

Penalty kill — TDR: 84.3% (4th), DET: 77.7% (21st)

THREE THINGS ABOUT RED WINGS

1. Since winning five in a row from Nov. 24 to Dec. 24. 4, the Wings had fallen a lot, going 5-10-3 in their next 18 games heading into Friday. In its last three losses, Detroit had allowed 17 goals and its minus-29 goal differential was among the worst in the NHL.

2. Part of the hope for the future in Detroit rests with 19-year-old forward Lucas Raymond, who led NHL rookies with 34 points in 44 games. The fourth overall pick in 2020, Raymond has been a revelation, averaging over 18 minutes per game and making a consistent impact.

3. The Wings averaged 9.7 penalty minutes per game (ninth most in the NHL across Thursday’s games). That could be a problem against a Leafs team that scored three power-play goals in a game Wednesday for the first time this season, and was consistent with a men’s advantage.

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