Pregame: Red Wings @ Maple Leafs – 11/22

The Red Wings visit the Maple Leafs looking to sweep their three-game road trip tonight.

Detroit’s visit to Toronto comes amid much drama for the Leafs. After a series of embarrassing losses, the team finally won a game on Thursday night, but drew the ire of some by not taking part in the postgame ritual of saluting their fans.

The Red Wings have significantly less drama, though they remain without several roster players. Pavel Datsyuk is still out with a groin injury, Brendan Smith‘s infected hand has him on IR, and former Toronto goalie Jonas Gustavsson is also still on IR. Xavier Ouellet will make his second appearance of the season on the Detroit blue line with Jakub Kindl the healthy scratch once again.

Jimmy Howard gets the start in goal for the Wings opposite Jonathan Bernier.

Stupid stat of the day: Detroit is 30-59-20 all-time in the final game of a three-game road trip. They’re 5-9-1 when that game is in Toronto.

Game time is 7:00 PM on FSD.

Author: Clark Rasmussen

Clark founded the site that would become DetroitHockey.Net in September of 1996 with no idea what it would lead to. He continues to write for the site and executes the site's design and development.