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

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

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
Forwards
JvRBozakClarkson
BrollKadriRaymond
LupulBollandKulemin
AshtonMcClementOrr
Defense
PhaneufGunnarsson
GardinerFranson
FraserRanger
Goalies
Bernier
MacIntyre

Red Wings Preseason Lines

Red Wings Pre-Season Lines vs. Maple Leafs
Forwards
ZetterbergDatsyukAbdelkader
FranzenWeissAlfredsson
ClearyAnderssonBertuzzi
JurcoGlendeningSamuelsson
Defense
KronwallEricsson
KindlLashoff
QuineyOuellet
Goalies
Howard
Mrazek
514 comments
Komas Taberle
Komas Taberle

We played very soft tonight, guys are resting up for Tuesday, they are sick of preseason and so am I.

Our best guy was Franson and we all know why that was, he was the only one trying out there.

DJBrianBurke
DJBrianBurke

Not sure how the Wings think Howard is going to get them far. He looked bad, I don't think I've ever seen an NHL goalie totally whiff like he did on Kadri's goal.

Dan39
Dan39

Stiff enough protection refers to Gardiner not clearing the net. Guess that doesn't show up in his Corsi. 

Dan39
Dan39

Wow, Colton Orr looked fantastic out there. He must have improved his skating in the off-season and somehow he seemed smarter too. 

theacs1966
theacs1966

Phook was close,he predicted 4-2 Det!

Zep2
Zep2

At 1-1 a miscue by Ranger led to the 2-1 goal.  The 3rd was the refs period. Give credit to Detroit  for scoring on their PP chances


Dangle_My_Berries
Dangle_My_Berries

we didnt play our game tonight. Usually we take the body much more then this, against an old skill team, you have to finish your hits 

Burtonboy
Burtonboy

Terrible game by the Leafs . And don't blame the refs . They plain sucked 

Dan39
Dan39

@rustynail Can't wait for the opener at Ricoh! Probably a few fights in that one, eh?

Dan39
Dan39

@Komas Taberle I don't know about that, Franson coughed up the puck a few times. Kadri looked good. Lupul, JVR looked pretty good. Bozak useless. Bolland anonymous. 

.JVR.
.JVR.

@rustynail 

I thought he looked pretty good with 2 assists tongiht

Dan39
Dan39

@rustynail Well the no-defense part looked about right to me. 

DJBrianBurke
DJBrianBurke

@CanuckUKinToronto It's a double edge sword. Doing that against the Wings will get you penalties. The refs love them as much as the Pens.

mcloki
mcloki

Detroit just kept the puck away from us. Some suspect reffing helped.

Mattmark
Mattmark

@Dan39 @Komas Taberle "Bozak useless."  Add to the recording: Bozak can't clear.  Bozak can't cash.  Bozak can't get the puck to sit down.  And so on...

Too small, too slow, too few moves... reaction time not quite there.  Would probably be very good in the AHL, but plays within too small a radius for the pro game.

Zep2
Zep2

@-Keon- I thought Kuli was damn good in Kuli type of way

Mind Bomb
Mind Bomb

@Alec Brownscombe @Komas Taberle Get used to that Bro ! Until we can sustain forecheck for significant time. We spend way to much time in our end, and when do penetrate the zone, we are back out in  seconds.

Burtonboy
Burtonboy

@Yaknowwhat @Burtonboy I think you have to hit Detroit and hit them hard . Get them off their game. Never saw any hitting from the Leafs tonight 

Mind Bomb
Mind Bomb

@-Keon- It dont really Matter, what Weiss already left the Game with an injury lol, surprise ! , and thats just the First, Zeterberg, Franzen, Bertuzzi Datsyuk, 42 Games in how are they feeling, 60 games in after several games against boston.  They are all good for injury time.

DJBrianBurke
DJBrianBurke

@mcloki Still not impressed by the Wings. But it was a preseason game. You can see the Leafs saving themselves. Tomorrow might be a little better, but I hope they just take it easy, the real games begin soon enough. I could care less if they lose tomorrow. It's not like I'll be at the game.

B_Leaf
B_Leaf

@Loric76 @Bobsyouruncle 

Grabo has a ton of points in preseason...if he is healthy and playing well Nonis really really blew it.

DeclanK
DeclanK moderator

@-Keon- Sorry to press, but what's bad about it? 

Zep2
Zep2

@-Keon-  People don't do that fucking nuance stuff these days. 

Zep2
Zep2

@-Keon- Keon you're supposed to put sarcasm thingys in there apparently <  > WTF

wendelsway1
wendelsway1

@-Keon- LOL....going to make some popcorn and grab a drink....this should get interesting.....lol  :)

Dangle_My_Berries
Dangle_My_Berries

@Mind Bomb @Alec Brownscombe @Komas Taberle sustained forecheck is something that comes with team cohesion and unity. As the guys continue to learn how to play together, their ability to read off eachother and apply pressure in the offensive zone should improve 

Zep2
Zep2

@Mind Bomb @Alec Brownscombe @Komas Taberle Arent Clarkson and Bolland supposed to be good guys on the cycle

Lot of new and rusty faces didnt help

The game swung on that Bolland offside call that result resulted in penalty to JVR for mouthing off



DJBrianBurke
DJBrianBurke

@-Keon- We'll see. I think the wings are in for a rude awakening. Tonight means jack, same with tomorrow.

The expert are also in for a surprise, I've heard some of them already calling the Wings to take the entire East.

DJBrianBurke
DJBrianBurke

@-Keon- More snipers in the East. And I don't necessarily buy that the West is a "harder" conference.

DJBrianBurke
DJBrianBurke

@Mind Bomb @-Keon- After several games against Boston, Philly and the Leafs. They're not going to like it in the East and neither is Howard.