Leafs/Wings Pre-Game: Gustavsson Debuts, Leafs Lineup

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    Jonas Gustavsson will make his much anticipated debut for the Maple Leafs in tonight’s preseason tilt against Detroit.  Coach Ron Wilson has indicated that he will be in there for at least the first period, but that the staff wants to break him in slowly.  If Toronto does not get barraged in the first twenty minutes as they have in recent exhibition matches, the Monster’s tenure may stretch to a period and a half.

    The Swedish tender’s role on this team for the immediate future will likely be defined in this back-to-back with the Red Wings.  While the Leafs brass are saying all the right things with respect to the possibility of Joey MacDonald sliding into the position of Vesa Toskala’s backup, it would truthfully take an awful showing on Gustavsson’s part for him to be relegated to third-string netminder.  That’s not to take away from MacDonald’s excellent play in his brief time with the Leafs, but this is Gustavsson’s spot to lose.

    Here are the lineups for tonight:

    Maple Leafs Lineup

    FORWARDS
    Jiri Tlusty – Mikhail Grabovski – Nikolai Kulemin
    Viktor Stalberg – Tyler Bozak – Christian Hanson
    Rickard Wallin – John Mitchell – Lee Stempniak
    Jay Rosehill – Nazem Kadri – Wayne Primeau

    DEFENCE
    Francois Beauchemin – Luke Schenn
    Carl Gunnarsson – Garnet Exelby
    Andy Rogers – Jonas Frogren

    GOALIES
    Vesa Toskala
    Jonas Gustavsson

    Red Wings Lineup

    FORWARDS
    Johan Franzen-Pavel Datsyuk-Tomas Holmstrom
    Todd Bertuzzi-Valtteri Filppula-Dan Cleary
    Kris Draper-Justin-Abdelkader-Mattias Ritola
    Brad May-Kris Newbury-Francis Pare

    DEFENCE
    Nick Lidstrom-Brian Rafalski
    Niklas Kronwall-Brad Stuart
    Brett Lebda-Jonathan Ericsson

    GOALIES
    Chris Osgood
    Jimmy Howard

    Cheers,

    Nikhil

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