Preview and GDT: Preseason Game #7 – Leafs at Red Wings (7:30 pm., Leafs TV)

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The preseason will wrap up with this weekend’s back-to-back against old-but-new-again rival Detroit.

The new divisional match ups between the two Original Six rivals are going to be an interesting case study to follow this season, on account of the antithetical approaches as to how they play the game. While the Red Wings have recently struggled to maintain their possessional dominance with a considerably less skilled blueline than in years previous, their emphasis on puck possession, including Babcock’s aversion to dumping the puck in in favour of carrying pucks over the line, remains the core tenet of their system. In an attempt to compensate for a weaker defence core, Babcock has been tweaking and tightening his systems to better support the defence. The retirement of Rafalski and Lidstrom has hurt their puck movement off the backend.

The Leafs, on the other hand, eat a lot of shots and thrive on the counterattack with their speed in transition.

The lineups are pretty close to the real deal tonight as the two teams use this back to back to prepare for opening night. Kessel’s absence from the lineup due to suspension throws the Leaf lineup a bit out of whack. Lupul will play with Bolland and Kulemin while Clarkson and JvR flank Bozak.

It seems Randy Carlyle will be giving David Broll an audition opportunity next to Kadri tonight as well, with Mason Raymond on the other wing. Broll looks like he could skate a 4th line shift if need be, from what I’ve seen. He’s adequately safe, while bringing the size and physicality expected of a 4th liner, though he has some work to do in the fighting department. It will all depend on how he finishes preseason, the numbers game, and if Frazer McLaren is going to be ready or not (sounding like it’s a no).

The defence is just about what we can expect on October 1st, depending on how the Gardiner-Franson/Fraser-Ranger pairings fare. Carlyle has suggested that a return of the Franson/Fraser combination, which was an effective bottom pair against weak competition last season, wasn’t out of the question, either.

Jonathan Bernier will get the start in net. I imagine the Leafs will go with Reimer and then Bernier in the back to back to start the season regardless of what happens this weekend.

Maple Leafs Pre-Season Lines

Maple Leafs Pre-Season Lines vs. Detroit Red Wings
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JvRBozakClarkson
BrollKadriRaymond
LupulBollandKulemin
AshtonMcClementOrr
Defense
PhaneufGunnarsson
GardinerFranson
FraserRanger
Goalies
Bernier
MacIntyre

Red Wings Preseason Lines

Red Wings Pre-Season Lines vs. Maple Leafs
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ZetterbergDatsyukAbdelkader
FranzenWeissAlfredsson
ClearyAnderssonBertuzzi
JurcoGlendeningSamuelsson
Defense
KronwallEricsson
KindlLashoff
QuineyOuellet
Goalies
Howard
Mrazek
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  • Biltmore

    I’m in Detroit right now, I’m going to the game tonight. I’m burning all my time right now on the internet learning to curse in Swedish. Jag hatar Svennson’s hund! (gotta start light….)

  • wiski

    Should be a good one can’t wait.

  • Biltmore

    Oh, and welcome back Cody, you magnificent bastard.

  • Burtonboy

    Next team to be sold ? My guess is Ottawa.

  • wiski

    Burtonboy 5 1/2 hours east would be nice 😉

  • Cliff Feltcher

    Burtonboy and move them to Albuquerque!

  • Tim Horton

    Biltmore Be safe!

  • Burtonboy

    TheCanucksnaphook Unless they fix that part the PA will dump this set up in 2 yrs . They negotiated that when they agreed to re- alignment.

  • Doorman

    5-0 LEAFS!!!   JVR with the hatty tonight!!!   

    GO LEAFS GO!!!

  • Cameron19

    TheCanucksnaphook Burtonboy League wants as much room to control the outcomes as possible.

  • wiski

    TheCanucksnaphook Burtonboy I only see two teams making it from the metro-sexual division so we should be good 😉

  • peterbleafs

    Man Detroit is suiting up a good lineup.  Another tough test, I love it.

  • Doorman

    TheCanucksnaphook Doorman I thought you didnt smoke dope!!!  lol

  • peterbleafs

    TheCanucksnaphook Cameron19 The day proof of that comes out is the last day I watch a hockey game.

  • Cameron19

    TheCanucksnaphook Cameron19 I think it’s so strange that people completely write off the possibility that anything unscrupulous could ever happen in hockey.  Our refs are all Saints without bias, don’t you know?

  • peterbleafs

    Cameron19 TheCanucksnaphook Because I believe in the good of people thats why.

  • Doorman

    TheCanucksnaphook Doorman I got the new jeep!  2014 sahara with all the trimmings;  Very nice!!!

  • Burtonboy

    Cameron19 TheCanucksnaphook Absolute nonsense .

  • Dangle_My_Berries

    GO LEAFS GO! LEAFS win 3-2 tonight. Clarkson with GWG

  • wiski

    Cameron19 TheCanucksnaphook Noticed less blown calls when they had the cameras on their heads. lol

  • Cameron19

    peterbleafs Cameron19 TheCanucksnaphook It happens in other sports though.

  • Doorman

    TheCanucksnaphook Doorman 2  Dont need the 4!

  • wiski

    Doorman TheCanucksnaphook Keep the bingo babes locked in that way. lol

  • peterbleafs

    Cameron19 peterbleafs TheCanucksnaphook Yes it does so I never watch those sports.  Basketball is rigged today so I never watch that sport, dont follow it and find it irrelevant.

  • Doorman

    wiski Doorman TheCanucksnaphook Fuck;  I have to let them in via the back Door!!!  lol  heavy duty suspension too!!!  lol

  • Biltmore

    Leafs blow the Red Wings doors off tonight.

  • Cameron19

    peterbleafs Cameron19 TheCanucksnaphook I don’t think hockey is rigged, but I think some teams get favoritism.  The most powerful owners seem to be able to get preferential treatment, and the weakest teams financially seem to be able to get it, too.

  • Doorman

    TheCanucksnaphook Doorman Looks like you will be jumping tonight!!!  lol

  • .JVR.

    Pumped to finally see a lineup close to what we’ll be dressing on Tuesday in Montreal.

  • theacs1966

    Doorman TheCanucksnaphook with battery blanket?

  • theacs1966

    Doorman TheCanucksnaphook 2 or 4 wheels?

  • Dangle_My_Berries

    TheCanucksnaphook .JVR. why is that?

  • wendelsway1

    Good test for the youngsters looking to make the jump this season…….very interested to see how they do against a very good Detroit team……GO LEAFS GO!!!

  • .JVR.

    Biltmore 
    Have fun man!

  • Dangle_My_Berries

    TheCanucksnaphook Dangle_My_Berries .JVR. lol thats just a force of habit

  • .JVR.

    TheCanucksnaphook
    I think you have a right to be worried, considering the Red Wings are basically dressing the lineup they’ll open with and we’re missing our best player.

  • Dougie Wraparound

    I haven’t seen much focus put on Gardiner’s performance this preseason. Has he been just ok?

  • theacs1966

    Cameron19 TheCanucksnaphook I don’t have the tin foil hat opinion.  The old guard is gone.  Then they brought in a new guard, then they had to double the amount of refs.  There was bound to be a drop off in “talent”.  Jus tlike teams, some crews aren’t going to work as well as others.

  • wendelsway1

    Yaknowwhat Yeah, me too….I know we’re all looking forward to the regular season, but I’m very interested in these last two preseason games.

  • .JVR.

    TheCanucksnaphook
    You got it, haha

  • Cameron19

    theacs1966 Cameron19 TheCanucksnaphook I don’t think you have to be wearing a tin foil hat to think that money talks.

  • theacs1966

    TheCanucksnaphook Yaknowwhat Not pussy, baseball player to goon.

  • theacs1966

    Cameron19 theacs1966 TheCanucksnaphook If this were true, the Rangers and Kings would be in every final.  Canadian teams, the rich ones would be the only ones that got to the playoffs.

  • Mattmark

    Watched Bruins vs. Jets last night.  B’s still look very sharp: relentless on attack, quick to get back on defense, almost never go offside, and they’re always in moton.   Their short passing game is awesome and their positional play sound.  How did we manage to take these guys to seven games last spring?
    Leafs could do a lot worse than to study B’s game films–especially when it comes to emerging from your own end quickly and, even more importantly, in attack mode (not just chipping the puck out to relieve pressure).

  • Mattmark

    TheCanucksnaphook Mattmark Let’s keep practising.  Good test tonight!

  • Wilbur

    Have to PVR the game. See you guys and gals later tonight. I expect a fight-filled fun-fest tonight with Bernier leading the charge :)

  • Dangle_My_Berries

    oh GO MARLIES GO! they are literally playing a game a 5 min drive from my work right now…..too bad im stuck here : (

  • Cameron19

    theacs1966 Cameron19 TheCanucksnaphook The richest teams isn’t the same thing as the most powerful owners.  Detroit and Boston DO get the favorable treatment. The Habs have notoriously been the team that benefits from officiating the most since the 2005 lockout – but after them, you notice it’s all the most broke teams who get all the convenient breaks. Which is another way of following the money – the league stands to gain more money on the whole if they can get those teams moving. Teams in need of a new owner have had some pretty miraculous runs.  And the league has owned a playoff team for how many years now…?

  • Mattmark

    Dougie Wraparound He still tends to make an extra move when he doesn’t have to, but there’s every sign that when he gets more experience under his belt he’ll dominate games.

  • Cameron19

    Mattmark Dougie Wraparound Very exciting to watch him.